Ferguson visited Vandy for UT game
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Ferguson visited Vandy for UT game

Many of Vanderbilt's committed recruits were in Nashville to see the Commodores lopsided 41-18 victory over Tennessee. Taurean Ferguson was among those in attendance on Saturday night. The 5-foot-10, 175-pound defensive back just completed his senior season at Jonesboro (Ga.) High School on Friday following a playoff loss.

"There were about eight or nine of us there who already committed to Vanderbilt," said Taurean Ferguson. "It gave us a chance to get to know each other better, exchange numbers, and start building on team chemistry for next season. We went to the Star Walk to see how the crowd reacts. I paid a lot of attention to the atmosphere on game day and the process the player's go through to get an idea of what it's going to be like next year. I watched Coach Barlow and Coach Shoop in pre-game drills and how they prepare the players.

"I expected a big win with the season Tennessee's been having. It was good to watch the blow them out. I think thatt winning five in a row really builds on the momentum for next year."

The Tennessee win ensured Vanderbilt's first regular season winning record since 1982. The win also put Ferguson in a better mood. Despite a 9-1 regular season, Jonesboro was upset in the first round of the Georgia AAAA state playoffs.

"I had 80 tackles, five interceptions, and two forced fumbles," Ferguson said on his season. "On offense, I made 25 receptions for 310 yards and three touchdowns. I also had two blocked kicks.

"This year I didn't play much cornerback. I was either at outside linebacker or strong safety and played a lot in the box. It forced me to play the game stronger and more physically than before. I think it's going to help me playing corner because I can play either a cover or a tackle corner."

This was an unofficial visit for Ferguson. He plans on taking his official the weekend of January 18th when most of the committed recruits will be on campus. In February, Ferguson will play in the 2013 International Bowl in Austin, Texas featuring U.S. high school talent against a World team.