Scout Rating: **
Scout Rank: NR
Size: 6-3, 250
Hometown: Southport, NC
High School: South Brunswick High School
Projected position at NCSU: Defensive End
Accolades: Ranked by ESPN as the No. 125 defensive end in the nation...Rivals.com ranks him as a two-star recruit...Was an all-conference selection as a senior in high school…Team captain for his West Brunswick squad
Commit Date: 12/15/2008
Recruiting Scene: Ferguson flew under the radar a bit in terms of the national recruiting scene but he definitely drew a lot of regional interest. He had a very high interest level in NC State early in the recruiting process. He said he would probably wait it out even if the Pack offered but it was clear NC State was in the driver's seat at the time. He heard from most of the in-state programs before making his decision in December. Once he received an official offer from NC State, Ferguson wasted little time in jumping on it.
Why NCSU? "I just like the vibe they've got going on up there. I really loved the coaches up there, the players, the stadium and the Wolfpack fans were unbelievable. I like how they ended up with a four game winning streak. So I really just like the feel I got when I was up there."
South Brunswick Head Coach Gordon Walters: "A.J. is the best defensive lineman that I have ever coached. He also has tremendous hands. A.J. runs well and might grow a few more inches. He also is a very coachable kid that goes hard every play and loves to win and is all about the team. A.J. is also a great citizen with impeccable character.
"A.J. is a great player. He's a four-year starter for us. He started at linebacker as a freshman and really had a great year this season at defensive end for us. He can also play on the offensive side of the ball depending on the scheme, but he's really productive at defensive end.
"He's a big kid who can really run. We just weighed him here recently and he's right at 255 pounds, and he ran the 200 meters for our track team last year."
Pack Pride Recruiting Analyst Steve Williams: "One thing you see repeatedly when watching South Brunswick (Southport, NC) defensive end A.J. Ferguson is the talented senior making play after play in the opposition's backfield. He is skilled at consistently beating the offensive lineman across from him and penetrating into the backfield.
"Ferguson has very good size for a high school defensive end and while not the fastest prospect, he shows good quickness and lateral pursuit which allows him to make plays around the line of scrimmage.
"Ferguson also saw plenty of snaps this year at tight end which allows him to take advantage of his size and athleticism. Although his future college position is defensive end, he displays the overall football skills on offense that will translate to the other side of the ball.
"Although he will need time to get stronger and hone his skills, Ferguson is a solid player with upside who's best days lie ahead."
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