QB Riley Ferguson Profile
The Butler High School (Matthews, N.C.) sophomorewas pleasantly surprised when his named was called for the award.
"I didn't expect it, because there are a whole lot of juniors out here that are going to be seniors," he told CUTigers.com. "I'm just a sophomore, going to be a junior this year, so didn't expect it…I did pretty well out here today, though, so it was nice to get it."
Ferguson arrived confident that he would perform well.
"I knew I was one of the top ones, but didn't know if I was the best or not, because there were so many people older than me," he said. "Everybody thought that I was in the same grade as them. Then, they asked, ‘Are you going to stay out here for the Elite 11? Do you think you're going to go?' I was like, ‘I could go as a ball boy.'"
When talking to the coaches, "They were telling me they liked my arm strength and my accuracy. They were telling me they liked how quickly I got back in my drop. They told me to just keep working."
The sophomore expects to receive offers from Clemson, Michigan, LSU and Virginia Tech. South Carolina, Auburn and Florida are also expressing interest.
He's very high on Clemson. In fact, his three trips to Tigertown are the only college visits he's made.
What stood out about the Junior Day?
"The field—the walk, when we got to walk down the hill. That was amazing. The video they showed us," he said. "Vickery Hall—it's not just about football to me, because I have to go and get an education, too, so I loved how their education is set up. I loved that.
"I love everything about Clemson. I felt welcome when I was there."
He met head coach Dabo Swinney, offensive coordinator Chad Morris and support staff member Jeff Davis. While in town, he spent time with special teams coordinator/tight ends coach Danny Pearman.
"I'm real close to coach Pearman. He's cool. I talk to him real easy," Ferguson said.
As a sophomore, he threw for 2,899 yards and 24 touchdowns.
Clemson one week, MVP the next
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