Commitment Spotlight: Taurean Ferguson
"I was in Coach Franklin's office," said Taurean Ferguson. "He was telling me what the coaches are looking for in their athletes. He told me what it means to go to Vanderbilt with being able to get the best education around and also play in the SEC."
Ferguson, a 5-foot-10, 175-pound wide receiver/defensive back was offered by Vanderbilt at cornerback. He was ready to make his pledge after seeing the campus, taking in practice and speaking with the coaches.
"Yesterday (3/31), I went up to Coach Franklin, shook his hand, and told him I would love to be a Commodore," Ferguson said. "I want to play in the black and gold. He was happy and must have shook my hand three times, and we even hugged.
"I was [on campus] with my whole family, my parents and three brothers. They thought I had made an excellent choice. With the quality of the academics, I didn't make a decision for the next four years but for the next 40. It's an up-and-coming football program where I feel I can make a great impact."
The Commodore team is in the middle of spring practice, and Ferguson got an opportunity of seeing what it would be like to play for Coach Franklin at Vanderbilt.
"It was a lot of fun getting to watch practice," Ferguson said. "They were getting down to business. Coach Franklin wants to prepare his players for game type situations.
"When the kickers were getting ready to kick he'd throw a bucket of water on them just to see how they'd react or blow a horn in their ear.
"It was great getting to see all the various things the coaches did to help the team. I think the whole staff is the best at what they do."
George Barlow is a new member of Coach Franklin's staff who was previously at New Mexico. He'll become Ferguson's position coach when he arrives in Nashville in the fall of 2013.
"We didn't get into anything too deep," Ferguson said on his conversation with Barlow. "He's all about building relationships. When I get there, he said he wants us to already have a great relationship in place. I thought that was cool. Next time we'll talk more about football."
Ferguson is hoping to make a return trip to Vanderbilt for the spring game, but is heavily involved in track. Currently he is ranked 4th in the state in the 300 meter hurdles and 8th in the state in the 110 meter hurdles. He reports a 3.5 GPA and hopes to study Civil Engineering at Vanderbilt.
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