Chippewas Battle SEC School for Ferguson

The Central Michigan University football program welcomes some key recruits to campus this weekend, including one of the top defensive linemen in the state of Florida.

Defensive end Sean Ferguson of Miami (Fla.) Norland High School will tell you he plays fast and brings a lot of excitement to the gridiron.

The 6-foot-4, 225-pound Ferguson is indeed one of the finest prospects in all of Florida, a state that annually sends hundreds of its high school players on to the collegiate level. As a testament to his skill and ability, Ferguson's list of college suitors include Mississippi State, USF, Western Michigan and Central Michigan.

Ferguson visited Mississippi St. in December. This weekend he is visiting CMU, home to another standout Norland player, consensus Freshman All-American wide receiver Antonio Brown.

"I just want to see the players, the coaches and campus," Ferguson said of his visit to CMU this weekend. "Antonio told me the coaches look out for him and that it's just like a family up there. He said we should ball together."

Ferguson said he expects to decide between the Chippewas and MSU after his visit this weekend. He's being recruited for CMU by defensive line coach Paul Volero, who is good friends with Norland head coach Nigel Dunn Jr. Volero was Dunn's defensive coordinator at Miami (Fla.) High School in the 1990s.

"Coach Volero told me I'm his guy, that I could play right away if I come to CMU," Ferguson said.

The prospect of playing right away and alongside another Norland guy like Brown is certainly appealing to Ferguson, but so is playing for the Bulldogs in the Southeastern Conference.

"Mississippi State has nice facilities and the coaches there seem to have a plan," Ferguson said. "What it all boils down to though is I want to play football."

Ferguson recorded 12 sacks this season to help lead Norland to a 7-4 record in Florida's largest division, 6A. This week, Ferguson has been practicing for next Sunday's Dade/Broward South Florida High School All-Star game. He will be lined up alongside another CMU commitment, defensive tackle John Williams of Miami Central High School.

"John's a good player," Ferguson said. "He was my roommate at an all-star game last month."

Ferguson said he watched CMU play twice this season on television.

"I watched CMU play against Western Michigan and the Motor City Bowl against Purdue," Ferguson said. "It's important to know who my teammates might be."

Four other players who've already verbally committed to the Chippewas were expected to take their official visits this weekend too, offensive lineman Darren Keyton, wide receiver Valtorrey Showers, linebacker Armond Staten and defensive end Mike Repovz.

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