When Southport (N.C.) South Brunswick defensive end A.J. Ferguson enrolls at NC State this summer, and the adjustment might be a bit easier for him than most other college freshmen.
The 6-3, 250-pound lineman has spent plenty of time on the NC State campus over the course of this year so he should know what to expect by now.
Ferguson attended four of the Pack’s games this season and was impressed with how the team managed to turn things around.
“I think it was just their drive,” Ferguson explained. “Just their willingness and how much they wanted it. They wanted to do it. They knew they could, it was just a matter of going out and doing it.”
Ferguson finally took his official visit over the weekend and while he already knew a lot about the school he enjoyed the experience nonetheless.
“It was really good. (Saturday) night I just hung out with the football players.
“We had some meetings – academics meetings and coaches’ meetings. It was good to get to know our coach. I ate like every two hours,” he laughed.
Ferguson said most schools have backed off since he announced he would be attending NC State some time ago. East Carolina called but he informed them that his decision had been made and he did not plan on changing his mind.
It wasn’t the last visit to Raleigh for Ferguson before he enrolls.
“I’m going back in the spring for their spring game,” he said. I'll be going back for a basketball game too.”
Ferguson was a four year starter at South Brunswick and finished off his senior season by returning two interceptions for touchdowns and notching three defensive scores total. He also had 11 catches for 176 yards and four touchdowns from his tight end spot. On special teams Ferguson had three blocked PAT’s on the year.
Ferguson said he will likely be redshirted during his first year at NC State.
Scouting Report: "One thing you see repeatedly when watching South Brunswick (Southport, NC) defensive end A.J. Ferguson is the talented senior making play after play in the opposition's backfield. He is skilled at consistently beating the offensive lineman across from him and penetrating into the backfield.
"Ferguson has very good size for a high school defensive end and while not the fastest prospect, he shows good quickness and lateral pursuit which allows him to make plays around the line of scrimmage.
"Ferguson also saw plenty of snaps this year at tight end which allows him to take advantage of his size and athleticism. Although his future college position is defensive end, he displays the overall football skills on offense that will translate to the other side of the ball.
"Although he will need time to get stronger and hone his skills, Ferguson is a solid player with upside who's best days lie ahead." -- Pack Pride Recruiting Analyst Steve Williams
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