Madison Memorial tight end Jake Ferguson is the only Wisconsin commit headed to The Opening Finals

Anxious to prove himself against some of the best high school players in the country, Madison Memorial tight end, and Wisconsin commit, Jake Ferguson has seen a lot of growth in himself as he prepares for The Opening Finals.

Every summer the nation’s top prospects travel to Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon, to compete in The Opening Finals, perhaps the most prestigious competitive showcase in the recruiting world.

This year Madison Memorial senior athlete Jake Ferguson, who plays tight end, wide receiver and linebacker, will represent Wisconsin’s 2017 recruiting class at the esteemed event that runs July 5-10.

“I'm really excited to be able to compete with some of the best athletes in the entire country,” Ferguson told BadgerNation. “I'm looking forward to getting the chance to show what I can do on the field.”

Ferguson is one of 168 prospects who earned their invitation by outperforming the competition at smaller regional sites across the country. Despite separating himself from thousands of prospects who failed to earn an invite, Ferguson is still working on bettering specific parts of game.

“I've been working on blocking and using that in the run game,” Ferguson said. “I have also been working on my speed while still gaining good weight.”

Ferguson has taken measures to improve certain aspects of his skills that he knows will have to be in top form once his senior season rolls around. It’s one of the reason he made the short drive over to a Wisconsin camp to work with tight end coach Mickey Turner.

“At the Wisconsin camp I worked with Coach Turner on blocking and the different techniques and have been in the weight room with my team all summer,” Ferguson said. “I feel pretty confident about how I played, I was excited to work with Coach Turner and I also got to catch up with the other recruits there.”

During his time camping this summer, Ferguson had the chance to start building a relationship with Sayville (NY) West quarterback Jack Coan. Both three-star prospects, Coan committed to the Badgers on March 24, one week before Ferguson pulled the trigger.

“It was good working with Jack,” said Ferguson. “He's super talented and I'm looking forward to playing with him in the future.”

In some case, prospective players at the quarterback and receiver/tight end position have a difficult time building chemistry with each other on a mental level, essential to both players thriving together in an offense. Ferguson doesn’t feel that this will be the case with Coan.

“I actually think it's going be pretty easy,” Ferguson said. “Our class is really close as a group. We talk all the time. Also, the touchdowns we’ve scored have helped build chemistry pretty quick!”

Having shut down his recruitment over the last three months, all of Ferguson’s focus has been on his preparation for his senior season.

“Really I just want to have a good senior season and get my team as far as we can,” he said. “Also I want to keep developing my game and work towards getting ready for the next level.”

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