Most college coaches will be spending the next couple of weeks finalizing their 2009 recruiting classes. However, they have already begun making their wish lists for next years recruiting class. At the top of most coaches' wish lists is a 6′4″, 270-pound defensive lineman from Frederick, Maryland. That lineman's name is Ego Ferguson.
Ferguson attends a small private school in Frederick, St. John’s Prospect Hall. Although he comes from a small school, Ferguson has gotten his name out on the recruiting trail nationwide, and experts say he is one of the top 2010 prospects in the nation.
Ferguson currently holds scholarship offers from Boston College, Clemson, Connecticut, Duke, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan State, Nebraska, North Carolina, N.C. State, Oklahoma, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Vanderbilt. Ferguson was gracious enough to do an interview with us here at Recruiting Scoop on what the recruiting process has been like.
How has the recruiting process been so far?
The recruiting process is going pretty good so far. I am just focusing on my grades and staying modest.
I see you have offers from pretty much every big-time school in the country. How does that feel? A guy from a small private school in Frederick County with offers to Oklahoma, Nebraska, Illinois, and many other schools. That has to be a very humbling experience thinking about all the great players that have gone through those schools and on to incredible careers.
It's really exciting to have that type of attention. I feel honored that they have that opinion of me. It just makes me want to work harder to live up to those types of expectations.
What are you looking for most out of the school you will essentially choose?
A combination of opportunity to compete early and a solid business program.
Do you plan on attending any camps this summer?
Yes, my father and I will be attending a few camps this summer. Some West Coast schools, Florida, Boston College, Miami, and some during the spring.
St. John's is more known for their basketball teams of the late '90s, with Jeff Capel, Damien Wilkins, and so on. How does a guy from St. John's get seen by so many big-time colleges? Did you attend camps? Send out your video?
First, I would have to thank my father, Coach Tilghman from Roosevelt High in DC, and Coach Ward. My father and Coach Tilghman took me to the Pittsburgh and Illinois camps during the summer, and I really performed well. After that the word started to spread, and Coach Ward followed up with a very aggressive Southern trip, which included schools like North Carolina, Wake Forest, Clemson, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Georgia.
After that, just mailing out DVDs and working closely with my father. I also won the defensive lineman MVP at the Shumann Underclassmen Combine.
Is there any interest in going to a school that might allow you to play basketball as well?
That’s possible if I grow another 2-3 inches.
Do you have anyone helping you make the decision? Coaches? Family?
Every Pee Wee football player wants to grow up and play D-I football. What advice would you give them on what it takes to get to where you are?
Well, I never played any Pee Wee football. This is only my third year playing football. I guess I would tell them to work hard, be respectful to their coaches, and good things will come.
We want to thank Ego for taking to the time to do this interview with us, and we will definitely be following him during the recruiting process.