Ferguson Has Options, Could Narrow List Soon?
Caught up with St. John's Catholic Prep Coach Jimmy Ward, whose star defensive end Ego "J.R." Ferguson will be the area's most heavily recruited rising senior football player. The 6-3 ½, 275-pound Ferguson has more than 40 scholarship offers and Ward said that Ferguson might thin his list soon.
"Pretty much anyone and everyone across the nation," Ward said. "Coaches are coming by until the end of May when the recruiting period ends. Hopefully after that he'll narrow his list down and get out and visit some of the schools he hasn't had a chance to visit yet."
Among the schools that have sent assistant coaches to the Frederick campus this spring: Maryland, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Clemson, North Carolina, California, Miami, Southern Cal, UCLA, Connecticut, Rutgers, Oklahoma, Louisiana State, Florida State, Tennessee, Georgia, Notre Dame, Michigan, Ohio State. "I'm trying to think so I don't forget anyone," Ward said.
Because head coaches are barred from on-campus vists during the spring period, a who's who of coaches visiting St. John's this past winter, including: Ralph Friedgen, Charlie Weis, Greg Schiano, Mark Richt, Butch Davis, Pete Carroll, Rick Neuheisel and Jeff Tedford.
The Vikings have three other players on the recruiting radar: junior linebacker-defensive end Forrest Mason, sophomore running back LaMont Wims and sophomore free safety DeShawn Weaver.
Mason, who is 6-3 and 240 pounds, holds a scholarship offer from Connecticut, with plenty of other interest. Wims (5-9, 190) has an offer from North Carolina. Weaver (5-11, 160) is fielding calls from Wisconsin, Nebraska and Arkansas, among others, Ward said.
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