2014 RHP Matt Ferguson Update

Northwest Mississippi Community College 2014 right-handed pitcher Matt Ferguson talks recruiting with Gene's Page.

  • Name: Matt Ferguson
  • Classification: Sophomore
  • Position: RHP
  • Ht: Wt: 6-foot-2, 205
  • Bats-Throws: R/R
  • Community College: Northwest Mississippi Community College
  • High School: Arlington (TN) High School
  • Schools of Interest: Alabama, Delta State, Mississippi State, Murray State, Ole Miss, Samford, South Alabama, Southern Miss

    Ferguson, prior to his senior season of high school ball, was throwing his fastball in the mid to upper 80s, topping out at 89-90. Then came Tommy John Surgery during May of his senior season.

    "I had Tommy John Surgery May 1st, 2012," said Ferguson. "(Before the surgery) I topped out at 89 to 90. But consistently, I was mid to upper 80s."

    Obviously, with him being out due to surgery, colleges that were recruiting him backed off. Because he wanted to play Division-1 baseball, Ferguson decided to walk on at Austin Peay. It wasn't quite what he had hoped for, though.

    "I initially went to Austin Peay out of high school but I think I kind of jumped into that a little too fast because I wanted to go to a Division-1 school," said Ferguson. He then transferred to Northwest Mississippi Community College mid-year.

    And he had a solid season as his arm strength continued to build, going 7-2 with a 3.65 ERA and two complete games during his freshman season at Northwest. In 55.2 innings of work, he struck out 36 and walked 25. For his efforts, he earned 2013 MACJC Second-Team All-State honors.

    During the summer, he continued to rehab and build his arm strength, not throwing to batters during that period. He finally was able to throw to batters for the first time this fall during the Mississippi State Labor Day baseball camp. And how he did during his outing was very impressive. He threw his fastball consistently 92-93 miles per hour.

    "My doctor told me that I would feel 100% at 12 months but I wouldn't be 100% until 18 months," said Ferguson."And I've really being feeling the strength coming back the last two to three months. I have been getting stronger every time I pitch."

    The Mississippi State camp will likely be his only college camp this fall.

    "I haven't been to any other camps and I'm probably not going to attend any others," said Ferguson. "I think I will probably be committed within the month because I have Ole Miss and State and others (showing interest)."

    Several colleges are showing interest in him. And he's just now starting to think about visits.

    "Ole Miss was the first one to ask me to visit," said Ferguson. "They came to a practice about a week and a half ago. Ole Miss (Coach Lafferty) said he really, really liked me when he talked to me about two weeks ago. He said he wants me to come up for an unofficial. He has some (football game) tickets for me this weekend. I think he wants to see me throw to some batters before he makes it official. But when I talked to him he seemed pretty convinced that he wants me.

    "Mississippi State had talked to my coach before their camp and told him they were interested in me. When (MSU assistant coach Butch Thompson) came to our practice he told my coach they liked me a lot. And my coach at Northwest said it would be a good idea to go to their camp. Their camp was the first time that I had thrown to batters this fall.

    "Southern Miss has called me and seems interested. Coach (Mike) Carson, our head coach at Northwest, has talked to South Alabama and Samford. Murray State has called me. And they've already offered me. Alabama is also interested. And Delta State is really interested."

    As of now, Ferguson said he has one offer.

    "Murray State is the only one who has actually offered," he said. "Everybody else, especially the Mississippi schools, are all going to be at the sophomore showcase. A lot of the big schools are waiting for the upcoming showcase so they can see me throw to some batters."

    Although he has quite a few colleges interested, he's got an idea which will likely make his final cut.

    "I've been thinking about that," said Ferguson. "You have Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Southern Miss, three big schools interested in you. And they are three good schools. If I had to narrow it down to three, it would either be Ole Miss, State or Southern Miss. If the offer is right, it would probably be one of those three."

    After jumping the gun out of high school and going to a school that wasn't the right fit for him, he's going to take recruiting a little slower this time around.

    "I think (this time) it will come down more to an official visit where I get to meet all the coaches and see their facilities," said Ferguson. "Also, how they want to use me on their staff will be a pretty big factor."

    Keep it on Scout.com/GenesPage.com for the latest recruiting news on this very talented right-hand pitcher.

    Gene Swindoll is the publisher of the GenesPage.com website, the source for Mississippi State sports on Scout.com sports network. You can contact him by emailing swindoll@genespage.com.

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