Prep School the Path for Standout WR

UNC pledge and four-star wide receiver Dwight Jones gets all the media hype, but some argue the best prospect on Burlington (N.C.) Cummings' roster might be Antonio Ferguson, a chiseled 6-foot-4, 205-pound wide receiver.

So why hasn't Ferguson garnered much media or college attention?

"Ferguson is a prep school kid," said Cummings' offensive coordinator Jay Purdue.

The North Carolina coaching staff is aware of Ferguson's big-time potential – if he's able to improve his grades.

"[The UNC coaches] really like Antonio and they told me they would help me any way they can to get him into Fork Union [Military Academy] or Hargrave [Military Academy]," said Purdue.

"As a matter of fact, Marvin [Sanders] really liked him on film, but they can't ‘Prop 48' anybody and most of the time they don't take many JUCO kids so the thing is prep school would be his route to UNC. But they said they would help us place him."

Given his academic situation, Ferguson has well over a year to choose a school, but already has his eyes on two.

"I like Carolina and I like Coach Sanders," said Ferguson. "I was hoping to kind of get out of [state]. But if I stay here, it will be Carolina. I'm trying to hear from Florida. I really like the offense Florida runs – throwing it all the time."

During his junior season, Ferguson recorded approximately 800 receiving yards and named to the all-conference second team.

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