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Thursday, December 13, 2012
Juco QB Ferguson will pick Friday

By Josh Moyer

Junior college quarterback Tyler Ferguson (Bakersfield, Calif./College of Sequoias) said in a message he will decide Friday morning whether to commit to Houston or Penn State.

The Nittany Lions pursued Jake Waters as their Plan A juco quarterback. When he surprisingly donned a Kansas State cap Thursday, Penn State shifted its sights to a backup plan in Ferguson. The West Coast signal-caller also committed to Houston on Thursday morning before learning of Waters, but said in a message he's since decommitted.

According to his junior college coach, Robert Dougherty, he received a scholarship offer from Penn State on Thursday.

"At this point, he's weighing two options," Dougherty said. "Penn State and Houston."

In 10 games this season, Ferguson threw for 2,614 yards, 22 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. He completed 56 percent of his passes and was sacked 30 times.

He would become Penn State's 18th commit -- and second quarterback -- of the 2013 class, or Houston's 16th commit and fourth quarterback.

Dougherty said whomever he commits to is getting a quality player.

"He's got a real quick release, a strong arm, and he's very bright and athletic for his size," Dougherty said. "I can't say enough about him. He's just a diamond in the rough that got missed and, luckily, we got him here."