It didn’t take long for Fullerton College’s Corey Ferguson to decide he wanted to end his recruitment and become a Bearcat. The 5-foot-10, 182 pound cornerback officially visited the University of Cincinnati last weekend and then called, Coach (Steve) Clinkscale, on Monday afternoon to inform the UC defensive back coach of his decision to become a Bearcat.
Bearcat Journal spoke to Ferguson shortly after he made the call and talked with him about his decision.
“It was great!” exclaimed Ferguson. “It was like I was home. I committed to Cincinnati today. I called Coach Clinkscale about an hour ago. It’s a straight shot for my family to come straight up from Orlando. It’s just perfect. Everything was just perfect.”
The former high school quarterback had a scholarship offer from Bethune Cookman University two years ago and interest from Florida State and Mississippi, but poor grades led to his enrollment at Fullerton, where he immediately changed positions.
“I played almost strictly quarterback in high school,” said Ferguson. “My coach might use me at defensive back when we were up by a lot. I thought I was going to play quarterback in college, but once I met with the coaches at Fullerton, they said I needed to switch to cornerback because I was only 5’ 10”. Once I made the switch, everything just came natural.”
Ferguson helped the Hornets post a 7-4 record in 2012 including a 31-24 victory over Citrus College in the Western State Bowl. In nine games, he had 27 tackles and one interception. His efforts earned him a UC offer in May as well as scholarship offers from Utah State and South Alabama.
The academic woes that Ferguson experienced in high school have been eliminated, and he expects to graduate with an associate’s degree in ethnic studies in December. He will then enroll at UC in January and be able to participate in Cincinnati’s fifteen spring practice sessions.
Ferguson’s primary recruiter was Fred Tate, and Ti’on Green hosted his official visit.
He becomes Cincinnati’s thirteenth commitment for the class of 2014 and the third from the juco ranks.