IrishEyes.com continues its signing day coverage with a look at a raw, but physical perimeter competitor joining the team's wide receiver unit.
Justin Ferguson (Wide Receiver – 6'2" 200 pounds):
Shows some attitude after the catch, a highly undervalued trait in young wideouts, most of whom have inflated 40-yard dash times entering college ball…Physical, aggressive athlete who'll need to learn the nuances of his craft but his approach as the toughest player on the field will serve him well in competition for a scrimmage role over the next two seasons…Has the strength and attitude – if not raw size – to follow in the footsteps of Maurice Stovall
, Duval Kamara
, and Michael Floyd
as the program's best perimeter blocker over recent seasons…He and fellow freshman Deontay Greenberry
appear to possess the competitive natures necessary to compete over the middle at this level…If he can track and catch them cleanly, Ferguson would be an intriguing punt return option (in the Tom Zbikowski
mold) as his career progresses.
Kelly Recruiting Profile: Skill
*Veterans returning at wide receiver: Expected 5th-year senior John Goodman; senior Robby Toma; junior T.J. Jones and Daniel Smith; redshirt-sophomore Luke Massa; redshirt-freshmen DaVaris Daniels and Matthias Farley (*denotes eligibility entering 2012)
Fellow incoming wide receiver prospects: Deontay Greenberry and Chris Brown
Berk on Ferguson: Raw talent who will get better as he works on the finer details of his game…Shows the tools to make big plays deep, but also great skills running with the football in the short game…An underrated player who will have a chance to be a big-time playmaker.
Dohn on Ferguson: Another bigger receiver who has the ability to catch the ball in traffic. He has nice top-end speed and can play physical.
Ferguson's Pledge to the Irish
IE Breakdown: Justin Ferguson
All on Justin Ferguson (A collection of video is available at the bottom of the page.)
Chad Simmons on Ferguson
Additional Season Highlights for Ferguson