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Lions land JUCO QB Ferguson

After missing out on a commitment from Junior College quarterback Jake Waters on Thursday, It didn't take long for the Nittany Lions to move on to their next target at the position. Within an hour of Waters' decision, Bakersfield (Calif.) native and College of the Sequoias signal-caller Tyler Ferguson had an offer in hand.

There was a slight problem, however, as the 6-foot-5, 210-pound freshman had committed to Houston after an official visit last week. But with head coach Bill O'Brien and quarterbacks coach Charlie Fisher calling, Ferguson quickly rethought his position.

By Thursday evening, he had decommitted from the Cougars.

On Friday morning, he made his decision and will enroll at Penn State in January. He has four years to play three.

"I've just built a great relationship over the past four months with Coach Fisher and Coach O'Brien," he told Lions247 on Thursday night. "Penn State was the first school to jump on me and they believed in me since the beginning."

Ferguson committed to the Nittany Lions without ever setting foot in State College. He also had scholarship offers from Akron, Florida Atlantic and Houston.

The freshman broke a number of school records this season, passing for 2,650 and 26 touchdowns, while completing 60 percent of his passes. He missed much of his senior season at Ridgeview High School with a broken collarbone. He was a full qualifier out of high school.

Ferguson will join rising sophomore Steven Bench as the only quarterbacks on scholarship for the Nittany Lions in the spring. Five-star commitment Christian Hackenberg will join the program in the summer.

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