By Owen Gotimer
Viva Loudoun College Editor
(Feb. 14, 2014) – Dominion High School senior Evan Ferguson has signed his National Letter of Intent to play football at Saint Francis University (PA) beginning in the 2014-2015 academic year.
“After I committed, it relieved my family that all of the recruitment and craziness that comes with recruitment has finally ceased,” said the 6-foot-6 Ferguson. “The recruiting process is a hectic time and a roller coaster of emotions and it’s a relief that I finally found a home.”
In 2014, Ferguson will take a little piece of home with him as he will join Dominion High School teammate and current St. Francis freshmen Matt Valenzuela in Loretto, Pennsylvania.
“St. Francis was the right place for me because when I went in my official visit, they made me feel like I was already a part of the family,” Ferguson said. “I also want to be coached by the best, and you get that in coach ‘V’.”
Coach Chris “V” Villarrial took over the Division I-AA Red Flash football program following the 2009 football season. Villarrial was an All-Pro offensive linemen for the Chicago Bears and Buffalo Bills from the mid-1990s to the early 2000s.
At St. Francis, Villarrial led the Red Flash to a 5-6 record with .500 record in the Northeast Conference in 2013.
“I feel like I’ll add good size up front for the Flash,” said Ferguson who will play offensive tackle for St. Francis. “I’ll also bring them a tackle that can run block and clear the way as well as a tackle that can pass block the best pass rusher on the other team.”
In 2013, Ferguson blocked for a Dominion Titans team which posted the school’s best record since its opening in 2013 at 7-5 and won the school’s first ever playoff football game knocking off King George High School, 35-13, in the first round of the VHSL 4A state tournament.
“Through hard work, we worked to get to the year we had [in 2013],” Ferguson said. “But the best part about going to Dominion was getting to know coach Karl Buckwalter, who always believed in me no matter how much he pestered me. Now, with his help and belief in me, I’m going to a DI university on a scholarship to play football.”
Playing football was not something Ferguson was always supported in. The senior had to “nag” his dad until finally, without his mom knowing, got his dad to bring him to football tryouts.
“I actually got started playing football when I was a 9 year old kid. One Saturday morning [my dad] took me to a LLBFL tryout to get started in football, and I didn’t know it, but he secretly did it. So before we go home he said don’t tell your mother, and of course being so excited to play football, the first thing I did when I got home: I told her.”
Owen Gotimer is a graduate of Heritage High School in Leesburg and is currently a sophomore at Syracuse University. Follow Owen on Twitter (@BigO_Gotimer) for up-to-date college signings and news. Contact us if you want Owen to do an article on the college commitment of your favorite local athlete or a story on a Loudoun County graduate playing in college!