J.R. Ferguson’s skills on the gridiron have granted him the opportunity to be able to attend just about any university in the land via an athletic scholarship. This past season alone, the Scout.com four-star prospect racked up 67 solo tackles including 13 sacks while playing in just five full games.
Those numbers combined with his ability is what has many college coaches on the edge of their seats monitoring Ferguson’s every move. According to Ferguson’s father, Ego Ferguson Sr., his son’s next move will be to the Midwest.
“We’re hoping this recruiting stuff ends pretty quickly,” the elder Ferguson said with a laugh. “We have two more visits left to go. Next week he will be going to visit Oklahoma and then his final official visit will be to either South Carolina, Miami, Florida State or USC.
“He’s been doing good,” Ferguson Sr. said of his son. “He had a nice retreat home during the Christmas break which then transcended into the U.S Army All-American Bowl. During that time he was able to get away from the recruiting aspect of football and just enjoy himself for a while.”
Although Ferguson has two visits to go, he already has three programs in mind that he will be considering come National Signing Day. Coincidentally, they are also the three universities he visited officially: LSU, Notre Dame, and California.
Ego Sr. explained to TigerSportsDigest.com the thought process that went into picking those programs.
LSU- “I think the relationship he established with coach Haley has really kept LSU in it. Besides that, we know LSU puts a lot of big guys on the edge as far as defensive ends and they put a lot of guys in the league. He also has a good relationship with Coach Les Miles that is positive and strong.”
Notre Dame- “We like the history, the heritage, and the educational values Notre Dame presents. We also like the mystique of Notre Dame and he will have an opportunity to come in and compete early. I don’t think Notre Dame has had big linemen like J.R in sometime. They have a new staff though and J.R just met them in Texas for the first time. Coach Kelly is supposed to be making a home visit here this Sunday.”
California- “He has a really good relationship with coach Tosh. We also like the education that California offers and the opportunity to come in and compete early as well.”
J.R’s dad also acknowledged the fact that he understands his son might decide to go far away to school. Ferguson Sr. said, he not only accepts it, but he has been promoting it.
“Most recruits you see today pick a school geographically,” he claimed. “They either want to stay on the east or west coast, but with J.R, it is completely across the board from coast to coast.
“I told him when I came out of school I went to Wisconsin from Miami,” Ferguson Sr. continued. “I think maybe the greatest knowledge you achieve by going away to college is not from education, but you learn from being around different people with different backgrounds. I’ve always encouraged him to explore.”
Ego Sr. said the chance for his son to go away to school and the opportunity to pick the school of his choice has left J.R. feeling blessed and dad has given his son fatherly advice on how to handle the attention.
“One thing about J.R is that he is a humble kid and very grounded,” Ferguson Sr. concluded. “I always tell him the same way he got the scholarship and the attention is the same way it can be taken away. I tell him he should appreciate being in a privileged situation. That’s why I make sure he gives the media some of his time because I know they have a job to do. I always tell him they can either build you up or break you down.”
Note: According to Ego Sr., all of the schools mentioned above are still under consideration and he says that his son does not have a leader at this point in the process.