NJ CB Anthony Ferla Draws Interest From UConn

St. Joseph's Regional HS (NJ) cornerback Anthony Ferla has become a lockdown player and opposing teams are staying away from the playmaker thus far this season. Ferla a speedy coverage back spoke with Scout.com to update us on his recruitment. A long list of schools adorn his list, but currently Ferla is waiting for the offers to come in.

"Right now in random order my schools are Kansas, Northwestern, Virginia, Maryland, Connecticut, Virginia Tech, Colorado State, and Vanderbilt," Ferla told us. However, only one of those schools has extended the New Jersey native a scholarship offer. "I have an offer from Kansas but a lot of the schools have offers already out. So I kinda have to wait and see what they do first." He says he has no favorites at this point as, "it's hard to have a favorite with only one offer on the table."

Asked about his current season Ferla said, "I have a lot of stats offensively but defensively it's hard." What did he mean by the statement?

"No one throws my way much. There's only been one completed pass thrown my way this year and I caused a fumble on the play, but there's been probably five throws in my direction all year. I've batted a few of those passes down and caused the fumble on the one completition so it's tough."

Ferla almost sounded miffed by his situation but it's obviously a sign of respect for his coverage abilities. While he hasn't seen a lot of action on the defensive side where he could make plays he has seen plenty of it on the offensive side of the ball. "I think I have 12 touchdowns and 600 yards so far this season," he said.

Utilizing his 4.46 speed Ferla has been hearing from most of the schools on his current list pretty frequently this year. Asked what schools are recruiting him the hardest currently he responded, "Right now Kansas calls consistently every week. Maryland calls. Northwestern calls. UConn calls."

When the Huskies were mentioned Ferla had this to say about UConn, "I like UConn. Coach Lakatos is awesome. He's a really cool guy and he's a great coach. They said they were only going to take one defensive back. They were straight forward and said they were only going to sign one guy."

Coming off a huge victory over the Florida State Seminoles this past weekend we asked Ferla what his thoughts were of the Virginia Cavaliers. "I like Virginia a lot. Coach D'Onofrio. It's a great school and I love the coaching staff. My dad went there. They also have a lot of kids from Jersey committed too. It would be awesome to go there. I watched most of the Florida State game. I was flipping back and forth with the Kansas game. It was a crazy game and a great win for UVa though. I called coach D'Onofrio last weekend but they haven't called a lot recently."

With one scholarship offer so far we asked Ferla if he had any official visits scheduled and he said, "I haven't been on any official visits yet. I have a visit scheduled with Kansas in January. I went to a lot of camps this year so visiting those schools I saw a lot of them while at camps."

Given the fact he hasn't seen much action because teams aren't throwing his way we asked Ferla to tell us what strengths make him a solid cornerback. "My strengths are that I feel I'm a good press corner but I can also play in space," he said. "I prefer pressing because I like jamming receivers and redirecting them. I also think that I've got a good feel for the field around me. I love to hit too---you know stick my nose in there."

Ferla says he enjoys watching Reggie Bush of USC on Saturdays and Ty Law on Sundays. "Reggie is awesome to watch. He's so electrifying. I like Ty Law's style, he's a very physical corner. He's tough and jams a lot. I like to jam and so does he."

While waiting for offers Ferla says is no rush in making a decision. "I'm going to see how it goes," he said. "If I visit a school before signing and I like it a lot, I could commit there on the spot. When making my decision I think it'll be where I'm most comfortable, not somewhere you just want to go because of the name. Somewhere I can get better and become the best player I can be, plus get a good education while at it too."


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