Ferguson Returns from Junior Day

Ego Ferguson was one of the headline recruits in attendance for North Carolina's Junior Day event Saturday.

"It was a real good visit," Ferguson said. "I got to meet the coaches again and the new coaches."

Ferguson, a 6-foot-4, 270-pound defensive lineman from Frederick (Md.) St. John's, unofficially visited UNC twice last summer. He said he made it a point to attend UNC's Junior Day.

"Right now, I don't have a favorite because I haven't visited all the schools that I've wanted to," he said. "But this visit just let me talk to the coaches more, let me get a feel for what they're thinking and how they will use me."

The highlight of Ferguson's stay, Saturday, was the basketball game against Georgia Tech.

"The game was live," Ferguson said. "I've never seen an atmosphere like that. The fans really support the game. It was crazy."

Besides the basketball game, Ferguson received a tour of the football facilities and an explanation of Kenan Stadium's expansion.

Ferguson spent a great deal of time with John Blake, Butch Davis, and newly hired Director of Player Personnel Marcus Berry, who coached high school football for a decade in Maryland.

Blake, who is UNC's defensive line coach and Ferguson's primary recruiter, met with Ferguson in his office.

"We just talked about what position I'll be playing, but we really didn't even talk about football," Ferguson said. "We talked about life more than about football. And [we discussed how] this is going to be a tough decision for me."

According to Ferguson, UNC is recruiting him as a defensive lineman "who can move around a lot" along the line. He starts at both fullback and defensive end for St. John's. As a junior, he was named to the small school all-state team after posting 97 tackles, including 32 for a loss and 14 sacks.

Before heading home, Ferguson met with Davis.

"He just sat me down and asked me how my season went and how basketball was going," Ferguson said. "[He] asked me about how my family is doing. We really didn't even talk about football. He was more worried about how my family is doing than anything else."

Outside of UNC, Ferguson has taken unofficial trips to Duke, Maryland, NC State, South Carolina, and Wake Forest. He plans to unofficially visit California soon.

Ferguson is up to 34 scholarship offers. The most recent offers have come from Kansas State, LSU, Notre Dame, Penn State, Syracuse, and Wake Forest.

Ferguson doesn't have a timetable for a verbal commitment.

"Whenever I feel like I'm home [I'll make a verbal commitment]," Ferguson said. "If I go somewhere and I feel like it's the place for me, I'm going to make a commitment."

Until he feels that "at home" feeling, Ferguson will continue to visit schools.

"I want to take visits to as many schools as possible, because it's an honor to get all these looks," Ferguson said. "So I want to look at every school. It wouldn't be fair, because they're offering me so they see something in me. So I want to take as many visits as I can."

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