Tyler Ferguson, considered the second-best junior college quarterback in the country, committed to Penn State Friday night after top-rated quarterback Jake Waters had spurned the Nittany Lions for Kansas State one day earlier.
Blue-White Illustrated was the first to report the news.
The 6-4, 210-pound Ferguson played this season at College of the Sequoias in Visalia, Calif., where he threw for 2,615 yards and 22 touchdowns with 12 interceptions.
He had committed to Houston Thursday morning before Waters chose Kansas State and he was contacted by Penn State coaches. Then he reconsidered, choosing to play for Nittany Lions coach Bill O’Brien and quarterbacks coach Charlie Fisher.
“I really was just closest with Coach O’Brien and Coach Fisher,” Ferguson told Blue-White Illustrated. “Coach Fisher, we’ve been talking for a while, a few months now. I’m pretty close with them. He (Fisher) came out to see me maybe two or three weeks ago. We met for about 3 1/2 hours. Plus, it’s a good opportunity for me.”
Ferguson played at Ridgeview High School in Bakersfield, Calif. He suffered a broken collarbone in the seventh game of his senior season (2011). To that point, his team was 6-0 and he had passed for 1,211 yards and 10 touchdowns with four interceptions. But he received no Division I scholarship offers.
“Yeah, I had interest from San Jose State, San Diego State, Nevada, Utah, a few others,” he said. “Basically no school really wants to take a quarterback coming off a collarbone injury. It was also my throwing arm, I just got hit and fell on it weird.”
He will enroll at Penn State next month as a true sophomore and will have three years of eligibility remaining.
Ferguson’s the 18th total commitment for Penn State and fifth early enrollee, joining defensive backs Jordan Smith and Anthony Smith, tight end Adam Breneman and athlete Richy Anderson on campus in January.