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Nittany Lions land QB Ferguson

December 15, 2012
By Philip Cmor ( , The Altoona Mirror

After a slight delay, Penn State has landed junior college quarterback Tyler Ferguson.

Ferguson verbally committed to Penn State early Friday evening, becoming the team's 18th recruit in its 2013 class. Ferguson, though, will enroll in January and count against the Nittany Lions' 2012 scholarship numbers.

Ferguson is rated second only to Iowa Western's Kansas State recruit Jake Waters among national JUCO quarterback prospects by

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A 6-foot-4, 210-pound freshman, Ferguson completed 55.6 percent of his passes for 2,614 yards and 22 touchdowns this fall with 12 interceptions this fall at College of the Sequoias in Visalia, Calif. Ferguson had been considered a Division I college prospect but went the junior college route when he broke his collarbone six games into his senior year at Ridgeview High School in Bakersfield - he had thrown for 1,211 yards and 10 TDs to that point as the Wolf Pack opened the season 6-0.

Ferguson got a scholarship offer from Penn State on Thursday morning after Waters announced his choice. Ferguson then decommitted from Houston and planned to make a final decision on Friday morning when it became apparent he wouldn't be able to make an official visit to University Park this weekend. However, a hold up developed during the day that pushed his decision back a few hours - Ferguson confirmed his commitment to the Lions via personal message to the Mirror around 8 p.m.

Akron and Florida Atlantic also made scholarship offers to Ferguson, who will compete with rising sophomore Steven Bench and incoming freshman Christian Hackenberg for snaps next season. Nittany Lion quarterback coach Charlie Fisher handled his recruitment.

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