When J.R. Ferguson thinks of dominant college defensive lines, one school leaps above all others.
"LSU is where it happens," he said. "They turned out of the best defensive lineman the college game has seen in Glenn Dorsey. He was just unstoppable. Tyson Jackson is a freak, too. I want to be just like those guys; in terms of my dominance. That is what I love about the Tigers. If you want to make it to that next level, then they can make it happen for you."
The St. John's-standout, who moved to Maryland from Florida after eighth grade, said that when he opened his most recent mail from LSU, the typical letter of interest was not inside.
"I figured it would just be another letter letting them know they were watching me," Ferguson said. "When I found out it was an offer, it felt amazing. My coach has been talking with them, so I didn't know that it was coming at all."
The six-foot-four, 260-pound defensive end said that while the Tigers offer means more than most, he is not ready to name any frontrunners.
"I am getting mail from so many people, and I have over 30 offers now," Ferguson said. "I don't want to start putting anyone ahead of anyone else yet. I am going to get to some camps this summer and then line up some officials and just take it from there."
Ferguson hopes that a slew of camp appearance will help to push his stock to the ultimate height.
"I am going to camps and showing the coaches where I am at, and then I plan on having a blow up senior season, because I have big plans," he said. "I want to be the No. 1 player in the nation for my class. I am a late bloomer right now, so people have not seen the best of me."
While Ferguson hopes to utilize his talents coming off the end in college, he said that his play will never become restricted.
"At any point I can go and get what the coach wants," he said. "I can be a great defensive end, I can bring it from the middle and I can even play some offensive line. I can do anything that it takes to make the team better."
Last season, Ferguson posted 97 tackles, 32 for a loss, and 14 sacks on his way to First Team All-State honors.