January 3, 2009

Ferguson has CSU in top three

A trip to Colorado in January was enough to make South Garland (Tex.) safety Thomas Ferguson open his eyes to the Colorado State Rams. Ferguson was in Colorado during the Rams' bowl preparations for the New Mexico Bowl last month and really enjoyed his time.

"It was a good visit," Ferguson said. "I had fun and I liked the snow. I didn't mind it. They ran practice pretty hard. When I got down there they said they had not done hitting for a while, so when I watched it, it looked like they were trying to knock each other out."

The South Grand Prairie defender is 6-foot-1, 205 pounds and runs a 4.5 40-yard dash. Ferguson's South Grand Prairie High finished the year 8-3 with a loss in the first round of the playoffs. Individually, Ferguson tallied 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.

Ferguson was hosted by a fellow Texan as freshman linebacker Chris Gipson showed Ferguson around.

"I liked Fort Collins. It is like a nice, quiet city," Ferguson said. "I really liked the coaches and their hospitality. I thought all the coaches were real cool."

Ferguson's trip to Fort Collins was one of three he will take with the other two coming to Kansas State on Jan. 15 and Colorado on Jan. 22. He holds scholarship offers from Colorado State, Colorado, Kansas, Kansas State, Arizona, Utah and Southern Miss. Right now, Ferguson says his top three are CSU, Kansas State and Arizona.

"Really, I am looking at their defense," Ferguson said when asked what he is looking for in a school. "Pretty much that is it. I want to see if I will be able to fit in with the team and all that."

According to Ferguson, he likes the location of Arizona and the coaching staff and hopes to make an official visit to Tucson. Kansas State is offering him the choice of playing either safety position or rover to start with.

"I love having choices," Ferguson laughed.

Colorado State is keeping a toe hold on the top three as well, thanks to Ferguson's visit to Fort Collins as well as the coaching staff.

"I like their coach," Ferguson said. "I like the way they were coaching the players. The players seemed like they were real cool with the coaches. They never had a bad thing to say about the coaches. They said they have a coach that is crazy and another coach who is funny - not that the one they said was crazy was bad crazy."

Ferguson said for him a college choice will come closer to signing day. he said He wants to pick a college soon to let the other schools move down on their lists, but also wants to take all his visits and make an informed selection.

"It is hard because I want to get the best, but I don't want to lose someone," said Ferguson. "I don't want a college to think I am not interested. I am trying to weigh my options and still try to make a quick decision."

In the meantime, Ferguson is getting ready to run track for the first time and planning on running the 100 and 200 meter dashes. Ferguson added his grades are 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.

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