Position - Defensive End
Current Size and Speed - 6-foot-3, 275 lbs., 4.7
High School – Hargrave Military Academy
City/State – Chatham, Virginia
Senior Stats – 67 tackles (32 TFL), 12 sacks
Senior Awards/Honors – All-State, U.S. Army All-American
Scout.com Position Ranking - No. 7 DT (****)
Bench Max - 385 lbs.
Squat Max - 500 lbs.
Recruiting Coach - Brick Haley
Major - Broadcast Communications
Signing day brought a couple of last-minute names into LSU’s 2010 signing class.
Of course, none were bigger than Ego Ferguson, a four-star prospect ranked as a top-10 defensive tackle by Scout.com. For head coach Les Miles, the 6-foot-4, 270-pounder would get his first crack at defensive end.
With defensive line coach Brick Haley pursuing Ferguson, the Tigers made visits to both Ego at Hargrave in Chatham, Va. and the Ferguson’s family home in Frederick, Md. After a campus visit, the Ferguson left high on the Tigers – and the feeling stuck.
Set to head to Baton Rouge at the beginning of June, Ferguson hit a bump in the road. After he narrowly missed qualifying out of Hargrave, Ferguson is faced with retaking the SAT and completing an online course, which he is currently enrolled. If he receives a “C” or better, or brings his standardized test score to a passing level, Ferguson could join the 2010 class in July by enrolling in the second summer semester.
Working hard to get to Baton Rouge, Ferguson caught up with TigerSportsDigest.com for this Getting to Know feature.
On his high school career… “I enjoyed it a lot. Transferring from St. John’s Catholic Prep (Maryland) last year was hard, but coming to Hargrave was worth it. The competition here was better. There were a lot more Division-I prospects on my team and on the teams I was going up against. The biggest difference was not being the only star player on my team. There were so many other Division-I prospects on my team that every day at practice, I had to step my game up to be the best because nothing was a given to anyone.”
On last year’s injury… “I sprained my hip, and I wasn’t supposed to play in the Army All-American Game, but I played in it anyway. It slowed me down a little bit in the game, but now I’m fully recovered.”
On being selected to the Army All-American Game… “It was just a blessing to be able to sit and talk with the people that fight for our country every day. It was a memory I’ll never forget.”
Why LSU… “I liked the coaching staff a lot. Coach Chavis is the best defensive coordinator out there. Plus, I think I can find a place on the defensive line and become a great player like Tyson Jackson. LSU is the type of team that prepares you to be able to play in the 3-4 or 4-3 defense, and that’s something that you can take with you to the next level.”
Ferguson’s other choices… “It came down to LSU, Miami, Florida State and California. Miami and Florida State were in the mix because they are located closer to my original home, so it would have been easier to get there. Then, I had a good relationship with California’s defensive line coach. We had a relationship beyond football.”
Favorite thing about LSU… “The atmosphere of the games inside of the stadium. It’s crazy and intense. I went to the Tulane game, and I thought it was going to be boring. But that game was even intense. The fans at LSU really support the players, and I like that a lot.”
On moving away from home… “It is going to be hard. I’m a little nervous about being away and not having my family close by, but then at the same time, I’m excited to start that new chapter in my life.”
On staying in shape until his arrival in Baton Rouge… “I’ve been working out with a few of my teammates who will also be playing in college. Most of the workouts we do come from the workout plan the LSU coaches gave me, but we also use the workout plans they got from Clemson, Virginia Tech and Penn State. We do a little bit of everything. We run 110’s, we work on agility drills, the bench and then different squat workouts. And we compete in everything we do.”
Jersey number… “No. 9, because that’s the jersey that I had in high school. I know Jordan Jefferson wears it on offense, but Coach Miles told me it can be my number on defense.”
Expectations of playing time… “I think I can come in and play right away. Right now, I feel like I have the size to come in and contribute and help the team win.”
Ferguson’s hidden talent… “I can freestyle rap on the spot.”
Favorite food… “Chinese or Jamaican.”
Favorite Movie… “Any Given Sunday.”
Ferguson’s role models… “I look up to a couple of people. First would have to be my mom and dad. I really admire what they went through to raise me. Next would be my uncle. The doctors told him a year ago that he had cancer, and would probably die in five years. Well, he’s still pushing through it and has been a real influence in my life. I look up to him and the way he carries himself.”
The message to LSU fans… “Be ready to bring home another championship.”