Georgia ATH on the rise

TCU had success in 2012 landing two players from the Greater Atlanta area. They have their sites on a few more players from the Peach State, including one of the fastest athletes.

Jonesboro, Georgia athlete Taurean Ferguson has turned heads on the gridiron and on the track since his freshman season. Ferguson was already a well accomplished track athlete as one of the state's top hurdlers, now he's drawing as much attention on the gridiron.

The 5-foot-10, 175-pounder played both ways for Jonesboro in 2011, snagging six interceptions on defense while hauling in 734 receiving yards and 6 scores on offense.

Although Ferguson says recruiting has started somewhat slow, it's still good. He knows an offer could be right around the corner.

"The recruiting process is going good, it's been kind of slow but it's been good," Ferguson said. "Auburn, Iowa State, TCU and Northern Illinois are showing interest."

TCU is a team that has recently showed interest. Signing two players from Georgia in 2012 could be a start to a solid pipeline. TCU coach Rusty Burns reached out to Ferguson's coach last week and the rising athlete has also had a chance to talk to the coach.

"He's talked to my offensive coordinator too. He basically said he was going to try to come down during spring practice and possibly offer me," Ferguson said. "He asked me if I wanted to play corner or receiver, he said I was pretty good at both. He said he wouldn't mind if I played both. For me, I'd play cornerback."

Although he excels at track, Ferguson says it's not a deal breaker if he can't run and play football at the next level. Although he does say he'd like the opportunity.

One of his close friends will have that opportunity, Jordan Moore. Moore signed with TCU as part of their 2012 class and has kept Ferguson informed of the type of school and program TCU can provide.

"He said it's a great place to be," Ferguson said. "The city, the fans, teammates and the coaches have a good connection and treat you like family. He said it would be a great place for me to go with just how I play with my speed and everything. He said it would be a great fit for me."

Ferguson says location will not play a big role in his decision, saying that he already travels plenty with track. He just wants the opportunity to play college ball and to get a great education to prepare him for life after football.

"Are the coaches going to give me a fair opportunity if I go out there and work my tail off are they going to put me in a good situation to make plays. I want somewhere I can get a good education and spend my four years," Ferguson said. "And feel comfortable when I get out of college."


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