This time, we caught up with Anthony to gauge his thoughts on the Rutgers Junior day, held at Rutgers University this past weekend, and the general direction of his recruitment so far.
"I got there at around 2:30 [PM]. They assigned us all a table. Then Coach Schiano came in and made a speech about Rutgers, the University, what is has to offer. He then introduced the whole staff. Afterwards we broke up into groups and toured the whole day," stated Anthony.
Though Anthony had seen Rutgers' facilities before, seeing them again did not disappoint.
"It [facilities] was nice - it was really nice. It was very impressive, very technologically advanced."
Coach Darren Rizzi is recruiting Anthony Ferla. "Coach Rizzi, he's in the area [Bergen County] a lot. He's a real cool guy that you respect."
Anthony Ferla has received multiple awards and national recognition for his outstanding performance as an underclassman at St. Joseph Regional High School (Montvale, NJ). The recipient of back-to-back U.S. Army All-American Combine Invitations, an invitee as both a rising Sophomore (2004) and a rising Junior (2005), are perhaps two of the more prestigious honorable mentions. But, it doesn't end there.
Ferla was also a Nike Camp invitee as a Sophomore where he was 1 of less than 50 Sophomores/Juniors invited nationally. His outstanding performance at the Stanford University venue, punctuated by a 1st Group All Junior/rising Senior All-American selection helped earn him an invite the following year.
Despite the accolades, Mr. Ferla is realistic about Anthony's prospects at the next level. "I am not 100% certain that Anthony has the ability to play at RU. I am 100% certain that he's working his butt off to try to become the type of player Rutgers needs. If he is able to do that, to get a step faster, then there is no downside to Rutgers. Rutgers, on a scale of 1 to 10 is an 11. Greg Schiano, as a moral person, as a human being and as a person that I trust, on a scale of 1 to 10, is an 11. The academic services on a scale of 1 to 10, that's an 11."
Anthony has just begun to send his junior year highlight film to a number of colleges. The list of suitors, certain to grow in the weeks and months ahead, includes his state school, Rutgers, along with Pittsburgh, Northwestern, Alabama, Wisconsin, Connecticut, Indiana, and Boise State.
Anthony is currently spending the majority of his time prepping for his senior year, in the gym. While pure strength is a primary forte of Anthony's, speed is something that the future defensive back will have to continue to improve on.
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