Published at 4:39 p.m. Saturday
Vanderbilt coach James Franklin is trying to build a fence around Georgia.
Taurean Ferguson, a 5-foot-10, 175-pound cornerback from Jonesboro High School, committed to Vanderbilt on Saturday while touring the campus. He picked the Commodores over Ole Miss, Wake Forest and Cincinnati.
“I picked Vanderbilt because I looked at it as four years to set myself up for the next 40 years,” Ferguson told the AJC. “I’m going there for the education and sports.”
Four out of Vanderbilt’s five commitments for its 2013 football recruiting class are from the state of Georgia, including three within the last week. The highest –profile Georgia recruit is Cedar Grove High School’s Johnathon McCrary, the 4-star QB who picked the Commodores over UGA and Alabama.
After Ferguson committed to Vanderbilt, he got the famous “engagement” lecture from Franklin. “He said ‘With you committing, this is like our engagement. When you sign the letter-of-intent next February, then we’ll be married.’ I thought that was really funny how he explained it like that. And it showed me he really cared about me.”
Ferguson was just beginning to emerge on the recruiting radar, with many colleges expected to attend his spring practice at Jonesboro in May. He also had interest from Auburn, Iowa State, TCU and Florida, among others. Ferguson said he did not have any contact from UGA or Georgia Tech.
Ferguson has a 3.5 GPA and plans to major in Engineering or Technology.
JUST IN …
MARCH MADNESS, WHAT’S THAT? RECRUITING MADNESS!
WHILE YOUR BRACKETS GOT MESSED UP …
– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog
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