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Jonesboro junior Taurean Ferguson became the fifth football player to verbally commit to sign with Vanderbilt. The two-sport standout recently visited the Nashville campus where he delivered the news to coach James Franklin.
Calling it the “best of both worlds,” Jonesboro junior Taurean Ferguson has verbally committed to sign a football scholarship with Vanderbilt next February.
Ferguson, who received about six scholarship offers in the last three weeks, visited the Nashville school on Sunday and told coach James Franklin that he will sign with the Commandores on National Signing Day next year.
“For me, it was about education first,” Ferguson said. “Vandy is an up-and-coming team. I liked the atmosphere at Vandy. I really felt at home.”
A defensive back/wide receiver this past season for the Cardinals, Ferguson is also one of the top hurdlers in the state. Ferguson sports a 3.5 GPA and plans to major in Engineering or Technology.
He chose Vandy over offers from Cincinnati, Akron, Wake Forest, Ole Miss and Furman. Although Ferguson didn’t have an offer yet, Auburn and Iowa State had started to show interest.
“I picked Vanderbilt because I looked at it as four years to set myself up for the next 40 years,” Ferguson said. “I’m going there for the education and sports. Not too many people can say they are going to play in the SEC and get a good education.”
Vandy has five early commitments, with four coming from Georgia.
Jonesboro coach Tim Floyd said that Ferguson benefited by playing opposite Cameron Sutton in the Cardinals’ secondary. Sutton is a highly-recruited cornerback for the Cardinals, who entered the season with several offers.
In helping Jonesboro reach the Class AAAA playoffs, Ferguson had 21 tackles, four interceptions with two for touchdowns and four blocked punts. On offense, the 5-10, 175-pounder had 12 catches for 205 yards and three touchdowns.
“A lot of teams didn’t want to throw at Cameron, so Tauren got a lot of action,” Floyd said. “He really played well and showed what he could do.”
Jonesboro is scheduled to hold spring practice in early May, but Ferguson might miss some of the workouts because of track. He is currently one of the top-ranked hurdlers in the state.
His time of 13.65 seconds in the 110-meters hurdles is ranked No. 5 in the state, according to ga.milesplit.com. He has ran a 38.58 seconds in the 300 hurdles, which ranked third-best in the state.
“I’m in the process of having a great season,” Ferguson said. “This has been a really good spring so far.”