I spoke with Schaumburg’s 2017 CB Dakari Ferguson on taking care of his body, schools he plans on visiting and his team taking it one week at a time.
You can find Dakari on Twitter @dakari_est98.
Wt: 170 lbs
Commitment status: Undecided
LPI: What were the most important things you did this offseason and are now doing in practice so you can improve your game this season? To be more specific, how do you go the extra mile to become a better player?
DF: The most important thing I do is take care of my body. I feel that if I am healthier than my opponent I already have an advantage. I have a pretty solid diet, I continue to lift 3 times a week and I study a lot of film on my opponents as well as myself.
LPI: You currently hold an offer from NAIA Robert Morris University and have been in the mix with some other college programs. Why should schools offer you? What can you bring to the table for collegiate programs?
DF: I’m a gamer. I love to win and I’m willing to do whatever it takes on the field to get the W. I will bring an edge and an energy to any program I get a chance to be a part of.
LPI: Offer or not, which schools have you kept in contact with the most?
DF: Northern State, South Minnesota State, St. Olaf and I’ve also been talking to NIU for a while.
LPI: Where have you visited most recently and do you have any planned visits coming up?
DF: My most recent visit was Michigan State in the summer, but I plan on visiting Northern State in 2 weeks, South Minnesota State October 15th and Bemidji State in November.
LPI: The Saxons are doing well so far at 4-3. What have you guys been doing more now than ever so you can make another deep run in the playoffs?
DF: Just looking at the goal we set last December, coming together more as a team, and buying into the whole process. We buy into the brotherhood and focus on going 1-0 each week.
LPI: You have been receiving some recruiting attention on your team. Who are some of your teammates that you think have what it takes to play at the next level, but are being overlooked by college scouts?
DF: Matthew Eaker, John McNeal, Austin Anzeimo (who started 3 years on varsity), Danny Galovich, Terry Gray, Tyler Fredickson, Justin Perez, Anthony Nix, Dhivan Patel, Andy Ortiz, Alex Burke, and Kevin Kubinski. They all have what it takes to play some football in college.