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February 19, 2014

LSU gets Ferguson's commitment

There was no other way around it for West Feliciana's wide receiver Jazz Ferguson.

Growing up approximately 40 minutes outside of Baton Rouge, there was only one team Ferguson wanted to play for.

Now, 17 years later, Ferguson's grown to 6-foot-5 and 200 pounds and was presented with the chance of living out his childhood dream with a scholarship offer from LSU over the weekend which he turned into a commitment on Tuesday morning.

"He told me he's always been a Tiger fan and appreciates the opportunity to have a chance to be a Tiger," West Feliciana football coach Robb Odom said of Ferguson. "It's been one of his dreams since he was a kid."

Ferguson, a four-star prospect and Rivals250 to Watch in 2015 member, pushed LSU's early commitment total for 2015 to nine along with the news that fullback prospect David Ducre of Lakeshore also pledged to the Tigers in the morning.

"It's a dream come true," Ferguson said. "My parents knew since I was about seven or eight that I wanted to go there and they told me to go for it. I told Coach (Frank) Wilson I wanted to talk to Coach Miles and when I told him I was ready to commit, he said thank you and he was happy to have me."

Ferguson, whose older brother Jay signed with Louisiana Tech this morning, also had offers from Miami, Mississippi State, Ole Miss and was being recruited by Alabama, Texas A&M and Florida State.

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"My commitment is solid but I'm going to take a few other visits like Miami, just to take a look," Ferguson said.

The offer from LSU took place Saturday during the school's "Boys from the Boot" recruiting day where Ferguson actually thought about committing on the spot, but waited to speak with his parents over the weekend.

Two days later, Ferguson approached Odom about calling LSU to extend his commitment.

"I did think about it (committing) but I wanted to talk to my parents about it and they thought it was a good idea to commit early," Ferguson said. "Family was a big factor. Jay's going to be in Louisiana and with my two sisters (1-year-old twins) being so young, I wanted to be a big part of their lives."

Ferguson has been a three-sport standout at the St. Francisville-area school, starting in football, basketball and track for three years. He earned first team All-District 7-3A honors at wide receiver last season with 34 catches for 605 yards and 6 TDs to go along with 13 carries for 190 yards and three more scores.

Ferguson is currently averaging 16 points for the Saints' co-leading district team that upset University High, 57-56, on Tuesday. He also has a couple of fourth-place finishes in the Class 3A state long jump competition to his credit and will run the 200 and on both sprint relays this spring.

"He knows where he wants to be and is excited about it," Odom said. "He was offered as a wide receiver. I've heard some stuff about tight end but he has the speed (4.51), the hands and the feet. He's a wide out."

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