Ferguson to follow in his brother's footsteps

LSU fans can look forward to at least seven more years of Fergusons snapping for the Tigers. Blake Ferguson, younger brother of current LSU snapper Reid Ferguson, committed to the Tigers this past Saturday, ensuring that position will stay in the family for the foreseeable future.

Every college football player has a successor. The desire to know who that next in line will be is what fuel's recruiting coverage and replacing a star with a star is what makes programs great.

Morris Claiborne followed Patrick Peterson. Kevin Minter followed Kelvin Sheppard.

And now Blake Ferguson will follow his brother Reid, LSU's reliable long snapper. The younger Ferguson made his commitment to the Tigers Saturday afternoon, ensuring the Tigers' snapping duties will follow the bloodline.

"My parents are very glad of that because they'll get a lot of use out of those No. 50 jerseys," Ferguson said. "They're going to have a lot of gear built up over the eight years. We're going to have a lot of fun."

Ferguson, considered the No. 1 long snapper in the 2015 class, will enroll in time to share a locker room with his older brother during his senior season. Blake said they're both eagerly looking forward to that time when big brother can show little brother how it's done.

"I love my brother and I love to be behind him," Ferguson said. "I'm glad he's been supportive of me, and I'm going to get a chance to play alongside him. I'll get the year behind him so I can learn from him and he can show me the ropes."

That relationship with his brother is partly what set LSU apart. It's also what opened the door for the LSU coaches' evaluation of Blake. Seeing Reid have success got LSU thinking it might be a good idea to keep those genetics at the position.

"They call [Reid] ‘Mr. Consistent,'" Ferguson said. "They trust him and our family. It's been a family tradition, and I'm happy to be down there with my brother."

LSU also trusts the opinion of Blake's snapping instructor Chris Rubio, who also worked with Blake's brother. Rubio partners with kicking instructor Chris Sailer, a name familiar to LSU fans for helping send kickers to Baton Rouge.

Those two work extensively with LSU special teams coach Thomas McGaughey, who Blake credited as the driving force for his recruitment.

"He's been a vital part of this entire recruiting process," Ferguson said. "He's been one of my favorite coaches that I've been talking to. He built that relationship with me and my brother. He just paved the way for why I committed to LSU."

Ferguson won't be a stranger to Baton Rouge when it's his time to report. He's made numerous visits to see his brother in action, and also for camp this summer, which is when he picked up his offer.

He's familiar with that Tiger Stadium atmosphere, so when it's his turn to don the No. 50 jersey, he'll be ready.

"From the time I started coming on those visits, I knew that this is where I wanted to be," Ferguson said. "I was ready. I'd been through the recruiting process. I went to camps all over this summer, and I just knew that this was the right place."

Blake Ferguson commits to LSU


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