LSU WR commit Jazz Ferguson excels at RB

LSU commit Jazz Ferguson will be a wide receiver for the Tigers, but he's excelling at a different position this season

ST. FRANCISVILLELSU commit Jazz Ferguson rates as a four-star wide receiver, ranked No. 20 nationally at his position.

But that isn’t where he’s playing this season.

West Feliciana coach Robb Odom opted to move Ferguson to running back in his run-heavy offense to get more touches for his best player. That decision has worked wonders as the Saints are off to a 3-0 start.

“I like it,” Ferguson said. “It’s not receiver, no one-on-one matchups, not what I’m being recruited for, but I have to help the team. It’s fun. The first week I had 18 carries for 210 yards, so I’ll take that any day.”

Ferguson hopes to finish the season with 15 touchdowns and 1,000 rushing yards, and he’s well on his way to accomplishing that goal.

The LSU coaches also approve the move. While Ferguson likely won’t line up in the backfield as a Tiger, playing some RB in high school should help develop his skill set.

“When I talked to Coach Miles, he said it’ll help with yards after catch,” Ferguson said. “They like it. I’m not going to play running back for them, but they said it’ll help my skills as a receiver as well.”

Ferguson expects it will also help in a more physical sense. Ferguson is often called on to block, and Coach Odom said that’s been something at which he’s excelled.

LSU obviously likes its wide receivers to block, and Ferguson has embraced it.

“[My team] busts their ass blocking for me,” he said, “so I have to do the same thing for them.”



As for his recruitment, commits don’t get more solid than Ferguson. He hasn’t talked to any other colleges since committing to the Tigers in February, and he’s counting down the days until he can report to LSU.

He attended each of the Tigers’ first two home games this year, missing last week’s game against Mississippi State to watch his brother play at Louisiana Tech. Ferguson said he’s developed strong relationships with every coach on the staff.

“I talk to the LSU coaches a lot,” he said. “We talk about my goals for that week. I talk to everybody. When I go there, I don’t just talk to Coach Henry. I talk to Coach Miles, the linemen coaches, the DB coaches, all of them.”

It was a dream come true for Ferguson when he landed that offer from LSU. He didn’t waste much time committing either.

“I went down for the ‘Boys from the Boot,’ and that’s when they offered me,” Ferguson said. “My family kept calling me asking if I was going to commit soon. My uncle convinced me to commit early in case I got injured or something they wouldn’t take it away. So three days later I decided to commit.”

Ferguson said time has since flown by with the clock winding down on his high school career. He’s more than ready to take the next step though, and he’s often picking the brains of LSU’s current receivers for help. He mentioned Malachi Dupre has the current Tiger he’s closest with. He also talks to Trey Quinn and Travin Dural.

“They’ve started off a little bit slow, but everything’s kicking in,” Ferguson said of LSU’s season thus far. “Travin’s doing really good. I see a little of myself in him. He’s faster, but I can stretch the field like him.”

He also keeps up with his fellow commits, and he’s optimistic for how this 2015 class will rank when it’s all said and done.

“I talk to Derrius Guice all the time,” Ferguson said. “We always talk, and I talk to some of the other recruits too. It’s going to be a great class. We have a lot of talent on defense and on offense.”

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