Practice Tour: Ego Ferguson

CHATHAM, Va. --- Upon his arrival at Hargrave Military Academy, Ego Ferguson's focus has shifted almost exclusively to his senior football season.

"I'm just going to worry about my season more than my recruiting process," Ferguson said.

Unlike most of his teammates on Hargrave's post graduate football team, Ferguson is a high school senior in good academic standing. He transferred from Frederick (Md.) St. John's High School to face better competition.

"My father and I prayed a lot and we thought that this would be the best decision for me," Ferguson said. "It's a great opportunity to play against a team of college players – not high school players – and practice with D1 prospects. It's the best decision for me as far as academics and football."

Ferguson, a 6-foot-4, 285-pounder, is expected to start at defensive end.

"He has a great burst," Hargrave's head football coach Robert Prunty said. "He can play the five-technique at the weak-side or the strong-side. He comes off the ball and plays with leverage. He understands the game.

"He's a guy that's going to make a lot of plays for us."

Ferguson is, though, in the process of scheduling official visits to LSU, Notre Dame, and Oklahoma.

"[Those three schools] aren't guaranteed to make the next cut or anything," Ferguson said. "It's just places I haven't been to yet and I want to go see."

Ferguson's favorites list consists of 15 schools: California, Florida State, Maryland, Miami, LSU, Nebraska, UNC, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Penn State, South Carolina, USC, Tennessee, UCLA, and Vanderbilt

"Those are places I like a lot," Ferguson said. "Also, they have coaches that I like a lot."

Ferguson, who could wait until Signing Day to make a verbal commitment, isn't sure when he'll make his next cut.

"I'm just going to pray about it [and] talk to my dad about it," Ferguson said.

Ferguson says UNC is in contention.

"UNC is definitely up there with the top 15 schools," Ferguson said. "I love Coach Butch Davis and Coach [John] Blake – they are some of the coaches I really get along with. And the recruits they have here [at Hagrave] are working really hard."

The UNC commits at Hargrave – D.J. Bunn, Johnnie Farms, and Jerrell Rhodes – are planning group trips to Chapel Hill for games this fall. They've invited Ferguson, who hasn't committed either way.

"I might make an unofficial visit, but I'm not sure about an official visit yet because you only get five," Ferguson said.

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