Illinois Lands Joliet Catholic Running Back Josh Ferguson

Jonah PulsCorrespondent IJuly 23, 2010

Josh Ferguson, a senior running back from Joliet Catholic, has committed to the University of Illinois.

Ferguson, who is 5’8", 169 pounds, is the 23-ranked player in the state of Illinois and is among the best running backs in the state.

During his junior year, he rushed for 1,596 yards and 20 touchdowns on 178 carries, averaging 10 yards-per-rush. He had an outstanding 5A State Championship game, rushing for 107 yards.

Ferguson is a below average sized running back, but his size is misleading, because he is a well built, strong back.

With a 40-yard dash time lower than 4.5, he is known primarily for his speed and ability to change direction quickly and fluently.

Ferguson has the potential to play many positions for the Illini including RB, slot WR, or even kick returner.

He is the fifth in-state recruit for the Illini and ninth overall.