Bone Rattler Dean Ferguson Discusses his Virginia Tech Commitment

His high school coach provided additional insight into the 2019 Hokies verbal commitment.


Dean Ferguson can hit.

As far as football is concerned, that's the one thing you should know about him.

"He unloads like a good D-I kid should unload," said Potomac Falls HS head coach Paul Barnes. "He brings it, every time. He hits ya, he hits ya. He rattles your bones."

Last Friday Ferguson committed to Virginia Tech over finalists West Virginia, Indiana, and Michigan State.

Credit Bud Foster for earning that verbal, because Ferguson does. As he put it, the pair developed a special relationship via phone conversations that spanned beyond football.

"He's just a really great guy, really nice to talk to," said Ferguson. "Him being Coach Foster, one of the legends, you'd think he'd be this really distant guy, but he's the opposite. He's really just a down to Earth guy, really personable, and very easy to talk to."

In the days leading up to his commitment, Ferguson received his written offer in the mail. He pounced on the opportunity. He delivered the good news to Foster with a 10:00 PM call. His intentions were obvious.

"Wasn't really that much of a surprise, but you could sense the excitement in his voice," said Ferguson.

The Hokies recruited the 6-3, 218 pound, 247Sports Composite 3-star as a backer or whip.

"He's a Tech guy. When I talk about that, he's athletic, he understands the game, and I think he would fit in Tech's system," said Barnes.

"He's a very good athlete," he added. "He's strong. He's smart. The thing I like about him, there's two things. His competitiveness and he can hit. He's not afraid to hit."

Ah yes, that aforementioned thick shoulder.

Barnes, a former D-III coach, believes the learning curve, solvable by time, is the biggest impediment for his pupil at the college level.

"He understands football on the high school level, but I was a college coach for 28 years," said Barnes. "College football's totally different than high school. It's watered down. You run a lot of simple schemes. When you get to college, you run multiple coverages, multiple formations offensively, protections. It's so much more of a mental thing. He's tough mentally and physically, but when these kids get to that level, you got work on that."

Ferguson visited Tech 4-5 times now, most recently for July's Blacksburg Bash marquee recruiting event. Mission BBQ, pool, and bowling were highlights of his trip, and he plans to return to Blacksburg this season for a game.

"[Virginia Tech is] getting the total package with Dean," said Barnes. "Not only athletically, but as a person and academically."


His shoulder isn't thick!

It's just festively thump.

oh i thought you were gonna say "it isn't thick, it's T H I C C"

Mean Dean Ferguson
Chief Enforcer

This needs to be his player introduction when he rides the DBU pipeline to the league.

(add if applicable) /s

Dean Ferguson
Terror Dome, CEO

He should get tattoos of hammers like Kam does on his shoulders :D

Or eyeballs on his back like DeAngelo and "All eyes on me" below it

Or maybe God's Gift on each arm

You will see this game, this upset and this sign next on ESPN Sportscenter. Virginia Tech 31 Miami 7

Bucky was Gods Gift, I don't think I ever saw the apostrophe

Huh, I thought it just said God Gift. How quickly I forget.

Edit: My bad. Memory'll get after ya.

Reel men fish on Wednesdays

That's right, no apostrophe.

Not fluid enough to be a DB based on his tape - plays high. Could be a monster backer post-Hilgartification though and seems to have a frame where he could easily add 15-20 lbs and not lose much speed.

"Dick to Hyman? DICK TO HYMAN!" - Guy in Lane Stadium crowd when Richard Johnson hit Josh Hyman on reverse pass in 2004.

Dean of Pain is going to be a monster LB if he lives up to his film

I can imagine no more rewarding a career. And any man who may be asked in this century what he did to make his life worthwhile, I think can respond with a good deal of pride and satisfaction:
“I served in the United States Navy"


I love that someone who hits like that has his picture taken in an astronomy club t-shirt. Baller.

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It's because his hits send opponents into space.

Dean Ferguson vs. Virginia jiggly Creampuffs (2022)

he makes his opponents see stars

"Why gobble gobble chumps asks such good questions, I will never know." - TheFifthFuller

He likes to eat dehydrated food...wait.

Yeah, but how many stars?

Reel men fish on Wednesdays

"Why gobble gobble chumps asks such good questions, I will never know." - TheFifthFuller

Oh come now. We all know there are only 5 stars, which is a total of 100% of all the stars there are.

Reel men fish on Wednesdays

something something 4 stars 800%

1-0 every week

Reminds me of a certain someone else...

Although he was a wrestler.

He came to speak in Rapid City a few years ago, but the tickets sold out in minutes. Just people looking to resell for ridiculous prices.

I was pretty upset that I didn't get to see him.

But...but....Bud can't croot!!!!

Now finish up them taters; I'm gonna go fondle my sweaters.

If any of his hits ever cause a helmet to come off, from thence forth he shall be known as the GuilloDean.

I like this.

Is #10 for the other team interested in a scholarship too, because he laid the wood on that block.

He said give to me Roscoe

I gotta go with the Dean of Destruction

6-5, 10-1-1, 2-9, 3-8, 6-4-1, 6-5, 5-6, 2-8-1, 9-3, 8-4, 10-2, 10-2, 7-5, 9-3, 11-1, 11-1, 8-4, 10-4, 8-5, 10-3, 11-2, 10-3, 11-3, 10-4, 10-3, 11-3, 11-3, 7-6, 8-5, 7-6, 7-6, 10-4, 9-4, 6-7..........

They call him Dea-nice

If you're not sure if my comment warrants a "/s", it probably does.