Jack of all trades

The toughest thing for one prospect attending the recent Tennessee Senior Football Camp was deciding which position group to work with.

That's because Mitchell Ferguson, a 6-foot-2, 235-pounder from Loudon High School, is the football equivalent of a baseball utility man. He can play just about anywhere.

Last fall Ferguson played defensive end, linebacker, running back and slot back. As if that weren't confusing enough, he did so at TWO schools. He spent the month of September at Sweetwater High, then transferred to Loudon High in October, where he finished out the 2007 season.

Asked which of the four positions he prefers, Ferguson quickly answered, "I'd have to say running back."

Given his heft, you'd figure he's a power back. Yet, when asked which he does best – run between the tackles or bump it outside – he had a ready answer:


Ferguson, who worked with both the running backs and the defensive ends at UT's camp, says "run the ball" is the thing he does best. Still, there's a good chance he'll wind up playing on the other side of the scrimmage line in college. That's what several recruiters are telling him these days.

"I've heard a lot about defensive end," he said.

How does he feel about giving up tailback to play end?

"It's a big change," he said, "but whatever it takes ..."

A good-looking athlete, Ferguson says he covers 40 yards in 4.6 seconds and carries a 315-pound bench press.

He had a pleasant time at the UT camp, noting that: "It was good. It gave me some experience. I enjoyed meeting new people."

The prospect described Vol head coach Phillip Fulmer as "a pretty cool guy." He also clicked with Vol running backs coach Stan Drayton, calling him "a real good coach. And he's fun to be around."

Not surprisingly, Tennessee's state-of-the-art facilities caught his eye.

"They're wonderful," Ferguson said.

The prospect says he's planning to attend camps at Kentucky, Ole Miss, West Virginia and Ohio State later this summer. He says the schools showing the most interest in him to date are Ole Miss and Louisville.

Asked for his list of favorites, he replied, "Mostly Ohio State and West Virginia and Tennessee."

Ultimately, Ferguson wants to find a school that will improve him academically, as well as athletically.

"I'm looking for a place to get a good education," he said. "I'm looking for a decent football program."

Perhaps he can find both at a school that needs a good utility man.

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