With scholarship offers in from two Southeastern Conference schools, long snapper Reid Ferguson decided on Monday to put an end to his recruitment process - a stretch of visits and phone conversations that had dominated the past six months of his life.
“I decided on LSU over Tennessee, and I called coach [Les] Miles and coach [Thomas] McGaughey this morning and told them the news,” Ferguson said. “Coach Miles accepted my commitment and said he was happy to have me as part of the family. He said that he likes my character and thinks I could be a good person for them not just on the field but also off of it.
“In the end it came down to my relationship with the coaches and some of the players. I have spent a lot of time with them. I went down for Junior Day in January, then I came for two days of spring practice, I came back for the spring game, and then did the one-day kicking camp last month.
“I met [first-year special teams coordinator] McGaughey during that time, and we really got along well. LSU was the first team to offer back when Joe Rob was the special teams coach, and they recruited me all the way.”
With Patterson, La. native Joey Crappell entering his final season at LSU, the team will be without a starting long snapper once the season ends.
That’s where Ferguson enters the picture.
“I will graduate in December and be an early enrollee, so I will get to school in January and be there for all of spring practice and workouts,” Ferguson said. “From the conversations I have had with the coaches, I am going to be the guy (at snapper) when I come in because I will be on scholarship.
“I will be replacing Joey, and I am excited about that because I have gotten to know him well. Each time I go down there we have a chance to meet and talk, and he shows me around the facilities and talks to me about what living in Baton Rouge as an LSU Tiger will be like.”
Ferguson currently snaps and plays on both sides of the line at Buford High, the same Georgia school that fellow LSU recruit Vadal Alexander suits up at on Friday nights. He is also a product of long-snapping instructor Chris Rubio, who is partnered with kicking instructor Chris Sailor, a familiar name around LSU recruiting in recent years.
“I started snapping in eighth grade, and teams started to get interested and then a few scholarships came,” Ferguson said. “I have to give a lot of credit to Chris Rubio for what he has done for me. He helped me become the player I am today.
“Now I am ready for that next step, and I’m excited that it’s going to be in Baton Rouge.”