December 1, 2008

Ferguson ready for CSU visit

Colorado State's search for speed in the defensive backfield has led them to Grand Prairie Tex. and safety prospect Thomas Ferguson. The South Grand Prairie defender is 6-foot-1, 205 pounds and runs a 4.5 40-yard dash, which has netted him scholarship offers from the Rams as well as Utah, Southern Mississippi and Arizona.

Ferguson's South Grand Prairie High finished the year 8-3 with a loss in the first round of the playoffs. Individually, Ferguson scored 45 tackles, 15 for a loss and nine sacks playing linebacker, safety and even cornerback. Ferguson claims a 305-pound bench press and a 430-pound squat. He has also recorded a 35-inch vertical leap.

"I am explosive. I am a playmaker," Ferguson said after asked to describe his style of play. "You will see me make some open field plays or when we need to make a stop, that is when I will show up and make that play."

"He was one of the most athletic linebackers we have ever had here at SGP," said South Grand Prairie Coach Robert Davies. "Tremendous range and big play ability.  Great on special teams as well.  Was voted a team captain by his peers.  Comes from a great family and is always smiling."

Ferguson will be in Fort Collins this weekend to see the Rams' program for himself. He also plans on visiting Arizona, Utah and maybe Colorado-Boulder before making a decision. Earlier in the recruiting season Ferguson said he was hearing more from Big 12 schools like Kansas and Colorado, but lately has been hearing mainly from Utah, Arizona and Colorado State.

"At the beginning of the process the colleges that were interested were saying I had a certain amount of time before they offered someone else," Ferguson said. "Right now I am going to visit all my schools and then decide quickly to get the process over with."

Colorado State defensive line coach Scott Brown has been Ferguson's main recruiting contact this season and will be making an in-home visit.

"Coach Brown and I talk quite often," Ferguson said. "We talk about him coming down here to visit the family if he gets a chance. I just got offered like a couple weeks ago. We've been talking since then."

In addition to Brown, Ferguson is also hearing from some of his own assistant coaches who have pointed out past players they have coached who were successful in Fort Collins.

"I have a couple coaches who told me they (CSU) have a lot of good coaches," Ferguson said. "They said it is a good environment to be in and the coaches are real nice and they take care of you. A couple of my coaches coached some guys who were at Colorado State. They told me their students liked it up there."

Ferguson has his grades in order as illustrated by a 3.25 GPA and a 1330 on his SAT. He said he plans to major in business or psychology.

Thomas will keep himself busy this spring by running track for just the second year in his life. Last season Thomas ran the 100 (10.7), tripled jumped and also competed in the long jump, where he posted a personal best of 21-feet, 11-inches.

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