Down to the Wire

After his weekend trip to Miami, four-star defensive end prospect Ego Ferguson is headed to New York to announce his college choice. With only a handful of teams remaining on the board, LSU is still alive.

For his final official visit, Ego Ferguson – a Maryland native – headed to familiar territory. Alongside his father, a Miami, Fla. native, the two took in South Beach with a weekend spent on the Hurricanes’ campus.

“It was a homecoming trip for me, because we have plenty of friends and family there,” said the elder Ferguson. “It was a pretty standard visit, one where J.R. got to spend time talking with the coaches and touring the facilities. He enjoyed it, and now he is headed home to start talking about a decision.

“It’s the time now where things are going to get pretty crazy.”

Unlike most prospects, Ferguson is not only uncommitted, but the No. 7 ranked defensive tackle prospect has yet give any hints on whom the leaders for his services are.

“We tried to kind of keep it that way,” Ferguson’s father said. “J.R. was like any 17-year old kid during the process. He would go on a visit and come back blown away. As a parent, I just tried to keep his head on straight. I told him to keep it eternal and continue looking at each school with an open mind, and then by the end he should know how much each place really stood out to him.”

After narrowing his choices down to California, Florida State, LSU, Miami and Notre Dame, Ferguson ran into a problem. It appeared each school had held his attention throughout, making a decision all the more difficult.

“After the visits I can tell that he is still really up in the air with which way he wants to go,” the elder Ferguson said. “If he is ready or not, it is time to make the decision; and I can honestly say right now that I have no clue where he will pick.”

En route from Hargrave Military Academy to the family home in Maryland, Monday evening and Tuesday will serve as the discussion period before the family heads to New York for Ego’s announcement ceremony on National Signing Day.

“He is going to look at these last few teams and weight it all out, from the academic side to the football stuff,” he said. “The program that has the best grade at the end will probably be his choice.

“Everyone has something to offer, and the relationships we have built with every staff are very tight,” he added. “It’s very tough for J.R. right now, because it is hard for him to say no to anyone at this point.”

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