Another familiar name is coming to Tallahassee, and this time it’s a big fella.
Stop me if you’ve heard this before: another former blue-chip prospect that Florida State fought hard for, but finished as the runner-up, is finally going to don the garnet and gold.
Offensive lineman Terrence Ferguson loved the FSU coaching staff, but not the shape of the program, leading him to pick the Crimson Tide out of high school. However, the relationships the Seminole staff developed with Ferguson paid off, as Ferguson announced he’ll be transferring to Tallahassee. Florida State beat out the Oklahoma Sooners and a push from Alabama to stay.
“I am so excited about TJ joining the Nole Family,” Mike Norvell said after the signing became official. “He brings tremendous size and athleticism with an incredibly high ceiling for the impact he can make. TJ is a wonderful young man off the field who is extremely intelligent with a great plan to maximize his opportunity here at Florida State. We think this is a special fit into our offensive line room as TJ embraces the work and culture we have established.”
Ferguson played in 11 games for Alabama over three seasons due to the Crimson Tide’s extensive depth in the OL room. He was considered a prime candidate to become a starter next season for Alabama. Heading into his redshirt-junior season with two years of eligibility remaining, Ferguson has the versatility to play either guard or center and will be a welcome and talented addition to the offensive line unit.
Relationships matter, y’all. This transfer portal cycle is just further proof of it.
From his Bama bio:
Powerful offensive lineman who can play center or guard … made his first career start against USF in Tampa. Middle Tennessee: Came off the bench in the season opener to record 21 snaps … recorded two knockdown blocks in the win. USF: Opened holes for the Crimson Tide to rush for 203 yards while controlling the fourth quarter at the line of scrimmage. Ole Miss: Came off the bench for eight snaps at right guard. Kentucky Wildcats: Played nine snaps in Lexington. Chattanooga: Played 22 snaps at center and guard in a 66-10 victory … helped Alabama roll up 574 yards of total offense including a season-high 315 rushing yards … credited with one knockdown block.
Played in five games ... earned 53 snaps. Utah State: Came off the bench to earn nine snaps against the Aggies. ULM: Saw his most extensive action to date ... had two knockdown blocks in 20 snaps. Vanderbilt Commodores: Played 11 snaps down the stretch of a 55-3 SEC victory ... had one knockdown block. Austin Peay: Played 10 snaps at guard in the second half against the Governors. Kansas State: Came off the bench for three snaps late in the Sugar Bowl.
Earned his first snaps in a Crimson Tide uniform against New Mexico State ... played the final six plays against the Aggies.
High School and Personal Data
One of the nation’s top offensive line prospects who adds to the Crimson Tide’s impressive crop in the latest recruiting cycle ... ranked as a five-star offensive guard by PrepStar and a four-star recruit by all other major sites ... PrepStar lists him as the No. 43 player on the Top 150 Dream Team and the No. 7 guard in the country ... ranked as the No. 54 recruit nationally, the No. 2 guard and No. 6 player from Georgia on the 247Composite ... the No. 58 player on the Rivals250 list and the No. 3 guard nationally according to Rivals ... ESPN.com’s No. 78 player on the ESPN300 and the site’s eighth-ranked offensive tackle ... tabbed the No. 80 player on the Top247 list and 247Sports’ No. 4 offensive guard ... selected to the Under Armour All-America Game roster ... coached by Chad Campbell at Peach County in Fort Valley, Ga. ... named a Super 11 selection by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution following his senior season ... helped PCHS to a Class AAA state runner-up finish in 2019 ... named a 2018 MaxPreps High School Sophomore All-American at tight end ... chose Alabama over Arkansas Razorbacks, Florida State Seminoles, and Georgia Bulldogs.