|HometownNew Orleans, LA|
|High schoolEdna Karr|
One day after Riley was introduced as the Huskers' head coach — New Orleans Edna Karr linebacker Tyrin Ferguson committed to Nebraska.
The 6-foot-2, 205-pound Ferguson becomes the first known commit under Riley and the 12th overall for NU. The linebacker was first committed to Oregon State under Riley.
New Nebraska linebackers coach Trent Bray, who followed Riley to Nebraska, was the lead recruiter of Ferguson, who is rated as a three-star commit by 247Sports, Rivals and ESPN, while Scout grades him as a two-star prospect.
The first linebacker of the class, Ferguson followed in the footsteps of Glenn Irons, Jariah Tolbert and Jaevon Walton — all Edna Karr grads who came to Nebraska in a 2014 class that included four commits from the state of Louisiana. Ferguson was the first Louisiana commit of the 2015 class following the decommitment of highly-touted running back Kendall Bussey. Later, wide receiver Stanley Morgan out of New Orleans St. Augustine joined the class.
Ferguson announced his commitment to Nebraska on Twitter:
In a subscribers-only scouting report, ESPN describes Ferguson as a hybrid defensive end/linebacker who needs to add bulk but "plays fast, showing outstanding lateral/chase down playing speed and range." He's also noted as an "instinctive" defender who may need to add some upper-body strength — which may mean he's a redshirt candidate — though he's a "tough competitor with a no-quit motor."
Ferguson showed off his signing day apparel on Twitter:
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Our take: Nebraska gets a somewhat raw prospect, but Ferguson has the right frame and body type if the Husker strength staff can develop it. The fast twitch is natural, though, and Edna Carr coach Nathanial Jones said Ferguson showed the ability to drop and cover when necessary. A likely redshirt season would give him a chance to study the system and a new position.
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