The JC football pipeline to Fresno State flowed last season, when coach Tim DeRuyter signed seven players from the two-year college ranks. This year is shaping up to bring more of the same when a new class of recruits is unveiled Wednesday on National Signing Day.
Three have committed: Snow (Utah) DB Stratton Brown, an early enrollee; Sequoias DB Isaac Brutton III; and the latest, as of this past Monday, Fullerton DB Corey Ferguson.
"I'll sign with Fresno State," Ferguson told The Bee. "Felt like I was part of the family there. Atmosphere was great."
Ferguson originally committed to Cincinnati but changed his mind after an official visit to the Fresno campus last weekend.
"It was just the coaching staff and the players," he said. "Everyone has a bond with each other and that's big when it comes to a championship."
At least three other JC players have shown interest:
Mt. San Antonio College offensive lineman Shaquille Davis reaffirmed in a text message Saturday that the Bulldogs are still atop his list. Davis was on a visit at Texas Tech this weekend.
San Mateo defensive lineman Pio Vatuvei and Riverside receiver Devon Blackmon both recently visited the Bulldogs.
Ferguson said he followed the Bulldogs all season because of first-year DB Curtis Riley, who also came from Fullerton. Hornets assistant Sam Wilson played for Fresno State in 1997-98, and Ferguson said that factored in as well.
"He told me it's great," Ferguson said. "He said you'll love that Fresno State is the only football team up in that area. Fans are passionate."
Ferguson helped Fullerton reach the state championship last season, but the Hornets lost to Butte 28-13. He finished with 20 tackles (12 solo), a forced fumble and nine pass breakups.
"I bring maturity," he said. "I'm a hard worker and (have the ability to play my game at a high level, with high energy."
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