Juco DT In High Demand

An official visitor of special interest today for the Badgers is junior college defensive tackle Blake Ferras. The 6-foot-5, 285-pounder, from City College in San Francisco has put up impressive numbers for C.C.O.S.F. since his transfer from Idaho. If Ferras does pick Wisconsin, he'll have plenty of time to make an impact.

"Blake scholarshiped to Idaho out of high school and they had some coaching changes. He was recruited to play defense but a coaching change happened and the new staff wanted him to play offense so he transferred to us."

What kind of defensive tackle is Ferras? And what are his best attributes?

"Ferras is very athletic for his size," Nunez said. "He has an initial quickness in his first step that we haven't seen around here in a long time. He can play on the nose, he can play a 3-technique and he has the quickness to play a defensive end position.

"Blake is also very technically sound. He uses his hands well, he fights to the whistle and he the longest arms on a young man that I've ever seen. He keeps offensive linemen away from his body.

"I can tell you right now that Ferras has had some great games already. He has returned a fumble for a touchdown, he's one of our leaders in tackles and he's a captain.

"When you have an athletic defensive tackle like Blake Ferras, it makes everyone's job easier. He has those long arms and he disrupts the passing lanes.

"I've saved Blake's best attributes for last. He's a quite kid, does what he's told, and leads by example and he's very coachable. We love Blake here and it's going to be tough to see him go."

Which other schools are in the hunt for Blake Ferras?

"Kansas State is high on him," Coach Nunez said. "Washington, Washington State, New Mexico, Temple are the schools that come to mind but there are a lot of others school looking hard at Blake."

Ferras is a 3-for-2 junior college prospect which means once he transfers to a D-1 program, he'll have three years to play two.

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