Bill O’Brien didn’t waste much time answering lingering questions about the depth concerns at the quarterback position. A day after missing out on Iowa Western quarterback Jake Waters, who selected Kansas State, Penn State secured a commitment from Tyler Ferguson from College of the Sequoias in California.
It was a bizarre 24 or so hours for Penn State and Ferguson, who had committed to Houston Thursday morning. However, when Waters selected the Wildcats, O’Brien did not waste any time extending an offer to the Bakersfield, California native. Ferguson quickly withdrew his commitment from Houston to reconsider his decision. It was thought that Tyler would attempt to visit State College this weekend prior to making a decision, but did not need to make the trip, committing to Penn State Friday afternoon.
Following the Waters announcement, Penn State was left with just rising sophomore Steven Bench as the only scholarship QB headed into winter conditioning and spring practice. Ferguson is expected to enroll at PSU next month, and add to the depth, along with Christian Hackenberg, who will arrive over the summer.
At 6’5″, 210 lbs, Ferguson certainly looks the part, and has the arm strength to match. In his first year at College of the Sequoias, Ferguson threw for over 2,600 yards and 26 touchdowns. Ferguson will enroll in January, and therefore count towards the 2012 signing class, which is not limited by the NCAA sanctions, and have 3 years of eligibility remaining.
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