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Juco QB Ferguson commits to Penn State

12/14/2012

Junior college quarterback Tyler Ferguson (Bakersfield, Calif./College of Sequoias) has reversed course and said he committed to the Nittany Lions today.

When asked what the deciding factor was in his decision, Ferguson said it was quarterbacks coach Charlie Fisher. "I felt amazingly comfortable with [him]," Ferguson said. "And I really want to play for him."

He becomes the 18th commit -- and second quarterback -- of Penn State's 2013 class. He will compete for the starting job as soon as he arrives on campus.

Ferguson initially committed to Houston on Thursday before learning that Penn State's Plan A signal-caller -- Jake Waters -- decided to verbal to Kansas State. When Waters committed elsewhere, Penn State's staff reached out to Ferguson and offered him a scholarship.

Ferguson then decommitted from Houston but still said Thursday night that his decision remained between the Cougars and the Nittany Lions. Ultimately, he felt Penn State was the better fit.

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.

His junior college coach, Robert Dougherty, said Thursday night that Ferguson was a strong, overlooked 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."