14 in 14: WR Justin Ferguson

IrishEyes.com continues its "14 in 14" series, which profiles each of the freshmen enrolling this month at Notre Dame. Sunday's focus is on Florida wide receiver Justin Ferguson.

Notre Dame needs consistent production from its young wide receivers this fall and incoming target Justin Ferguson enters the fray looking to see if he can earn time on the field.

"The coaches told me to just perform at the highest level I can," said Ferguson. "They said I will be given a chance to come in and compete and contribute right away if I earn it. So I have to come in and do what I do. If that means I don't start that is on me because I know I'll be given the opportunity."

Unlike many of his incoming classmates who've noted changes in their lives since officially becoming members of the Irish program, Ferguson feels he's been able to maintain his routine, albeit with a focus on being ready to compete this summer.

"Life has not changed too much," said Ferguson. "I've been working out more and finishing up all my school stuff, but other than that nothing has really changed."

"I really enjoyed the new workout they sent me. I like hard work so it was all good for me."

While some have expressed slight nervousness as their time to leave home approached, Ferguson said he's ready to move forward.

"I'm not nervous," said Ferguson. "It's really been the least of my worries and I've been more excited than anything. Chris Brown is going to be my roommate and we've started to build a strong relationship and have stayed in contact with text messages and Twitter."

As for how his family feels about him leaving the nest, it sounds like excitement is the tone being set by everyone.

"I use to be the baby," said Ferguson. "They are excited for me and just want to see me do well and have success. I'm sure they're sad I'm leaving home, but overall they are excited and happy.

"I know when I come back to Florida, I want to spend some time with my family as I've just met some new family members I never knew about. So I can't wait to come back and spend more time with them and the rest of my family."

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