Lofty expectations

Riley Ferguson, one of the top quarterback prospects in the class of 2013 plays at one of the nation's premier high school programs.

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Butler High School in Matthews, N.C. has 31 consecutive games and back-to-back North Carolina 4AA state titles.

Ferguson opens year No. 2 as Butler's starting quarterback the season opens against Mallard Creek on Aug. 19.

"My expectations are like they've been as always, to win a state championship," he recently told CUTigers.com. "I expect us to win a state championship again."

Outside of the commitments to his current team, the 6-foot-2, 190-pound signal caller had a fairly quiet summer.

In June, Ferguson attended the Dabo Swinney Football Camp. In July, he was in Florida for the Gridiron Kings 7-on-7 event.

"It was unbelievable," Ferguson said of participating in the Gridiron Kings. "I had some of the most unbelievably talented kids on my team. A lot of them were from Florida. There were a couple from Georgia."

One of those teammates was 2012 Clemson commitment Travis Blanks.

"I told him I liked Clemson. He thought I was about to be a senior. He told me to keep working and I'll be able to do it," Ferguson said.

He hopes to be a little more well-traveled this fall.

"I already know I'm going to go to Clemson," Ferguson said. "I've got a whole bunch of former teammates who go to schools like Virginia Tech, Auburn, Notre Dame -- people from Butler. I'm going to go watch them play, most likely."

Clemson, LSU, Michigan and Virginia Tech have offered.

South Carolina, Florida, Miami, Notre Dame, N.C. State, North Carolina and Purdue have also expressed interest, but have not offered.

For a while now, he's claimed Clemson as his favorite.

Does that still stand?

"I still like Clemson right now. I've still got them at the top," Ferguson said.

A decision won't be made until sometime during 2012.

"I'm going to let all my offers come in this year. Then, I'm going to make a decision in the spring coming up, before the summer, or maybe at the beginning of next year," he said.

Ferguson threw for 2,899 yards and 24 touchdowns as a sophomore.


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