For Ferguson, it was the small things

The recruitment of Justin Ferguson came to an end on Sunday night as the Florida wide receiver made a call to the Notre Dame coaching staff. Irish Eyes spoke with Ferguson about his pledge on Monday.

For Pembroke Pines (FL) Flanagan wide receiver Justin Ferguson the chance to player early and attend a university like Notre Dame was too much to pass up.

Having talked with Irish Eyes following his unofficial visit for the Irish Spring game, Ferguson spoke about moving his plans to commit up from his previous plans. Why did the 6-foot-2, 200-pound receiver wait a couple of weeks before making the call?

"I just wanted to make sure the feelings I had following my visit for the spring game held true. That way I could make my commitment to all the coaches and know Notre Dame was the right school for me."

As for the reasons the Irish beat out the likes of Florida and Florida State, it was the small things that stood out.

"It was not just one thing that separated Notre Dame from the others. It was all the small things that separated Notre Dame for the other programs. All schools out there have a good education and great facilities. But Notre Dame has the best of the best and they do not have a lot of receivers. Notre Dame is a "Big Time" school that will give me an opportunity to play early."

As for the distance from home, Ferguson knows he could leave the country and he will have no problem.

"Going away from home is not really a big deal. Even if I went to Hawaii or overseas I know I would have the support of my family."

As for his future course of study at Notre Dame, Justin and his father have been talking.

"I'm not sure and I was just talking with my dad about this, but I am thinking about business as Notre Dame has a great business school."

A year ago Justin made the move from Pennsylvania to Florida. How has he handled the change of schools knowing just over a year from now he will be making another adjustment?

"I knew coming in here my first year I needed to keep to myself and play my part on the team. Now, it is a new year and a lot of the guys look up to me. I am now looking forward to having a leadership role with our team."

While Justin told those in the media he was making his announcement late on Monday, he did not waste any time in letting Irish wide receiver coach Tony Alford of his intentions.

"I contacted the coaches the Friday before and let them know Sunday night about 10:00 p.m. that I was picking Notre Dame. I have spoken with Coach Alford but have not spoken with Coach Kelly yet. I hope to talk with him real soon about my decision."

Was Coach Alford excited about the news?

"He was really excited about me coming to Notre Dame. He said deep down he had a feeling I was coming but he was real excited."

Justin now must wait until February to sign his letter of intent. Does he plan to make any other visits until then?

"No, I am real happy with where I am."

Justin Ferguson is now the sixth member of the Class of 2012 for Brian Kelly and his staff. He has a bright future as a big play receiver in the coming years with his physical size and raw athletic talent.

Irish Eyes will continue checking back with Justin over the months ahead to see how he is progressing on the field. Top Stories