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Penn State Football Recruiting: It's Waters Under the Bridge as Tyler Ferguson Reportedly Picks Nittany Lions

by on December 14, 2012 8:05 PM

Penn State was forced to adjust its recruiting efforts at quarterback on Thursday after Jake Waters chose Kansas State. But it took only one day before Tyler Ferguson, a junior college prospect from Bakersfield, Calif., verbally committed to Penn State, according to a report by Blue-White Illustrated, a affiliate that covers recruiting.

The commitment is non-binding until Ferguson signs a letter of intent. He is the 18th commitment this year for Penn State. By enrolling early in January, his scholarship would count toward the Class of 2012. Four others are reportedly planning to enroll next semester, which is how Penn State is able to surpass the 15-scholarship limit the NCAA imposed as part of its sanctions package.

Ferguson, according to, also held offers from Houston, Akron and Florida Atlantic. Listed at 6-foot-5, 210 pounds, Ferguson broke his collarbone during the 2011 season. He will have four years to complete three seasons of eligibility and will compete with sophomore Steven Bench for the starting job in the spring. Christian Hackenberg, a highly regarded prospect from Virginia, is not expected to enroll until the summer.

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