Ferguson Talks FSU and Recruiting

Florida State is looking at prospects all over the nation so far this spring. The Seminoles are one of nearly 50 schools that have offered Fredrick, MD standout J.R. Ferguson. NoleDigest caught up with him to get his thoughts about recruiting and to see where the Noles stand at this time.

J.R. Ferguson is one of the most physically impressive recruits you'll find in the 2010 recruiting class. As a junior Ferguson earned All-State honors as he accumulated 97 tackles with 32 for loss, and he was able to sack the quarterback 14 times.

Scout.com's Baron Flenory says that J.R. is very raw, but that he has all the tools in the shed to be special. He is extremely strong at the point of attack and gets rid of defenders once he finds the ball. Ferguson is a high risk/high reward player, but schools from all over the nation are pursuing the talented defensive end. He told NoleDigest that he currently sits at 42 offers.

"Two more offers came through when USC and Stanford offered me," said Ferguson. "I got excited about the USC offer because of who they are. I'm at 42 offers now and I am pretty excited to see that my hard work has paid off."

Florida State has targeted Ferguson early and they popped in recently to visit his school. While he wasn't able to speak to the coaches on the visit he did say he's spoken to Coach Haggins about what they're looking for.

"FSU actually came by the other day to see me which was cool," said the 4-star standout. "I want to visit them sometime this summer when I am visiting my mom. Coach Haggins was the coach who came and saw me. I've talked to him before and they want me as a defensive end. He's said they need a player like me there."

There's been talk that Ferguson was going to be moving back down to Florida to finish off his high school career. If he does, there's a chance he could play with Seminole commitment Darius Cummings. He told NoleDigest that a decision hasn't been finalized and that right now there is nothing to the rumors.

"Going back to Florida is something that I have thought about but right now there is nothing to it," stated Ferguson. "I've been talking to Darius Cummings some. I met him the last time I went down there as he goes to the school I'd be going to if I moved there. He has talked to me about FSU and how they produce NFL players and how Coach Haggins is as a coach."

The 6'4" 272 pound defensive end says that at this stage he is more of a pass rusher entering hi senior year.

"I think my size helps me as I am the average size of an NFL defensive end," said Ferguson on what makes him stand out. I have good balance and quickness. I'd say at this stage I am a better pass rusher but I am working on becoming more of a complete end. I do have a lot of potential so I will be looking for a school that can help me realize it."

J.R. plans on making some officials before he makes any decision. In the meantime he has a list of schools he plans on checking out before the season starts.

"I want to check out LSU, Ohio State and Penn State, and I will be checking out FSU sometime this summer," explained Ferguson. "I don't have a top 5 or anything so I am open to any of the schools that offers."

*J.R. has accepted an invite to play in the Army All-American Game.


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