Reid Ferguson and Paris Head
Two members of Buford's talented senior class made college football commitments Monday.
Defensive back Paris Head chose Vanderbilt, while long snapper/offensive linemen Reid Ferguson selected LSU.
"It just had a family vibe," Head said. "I loved the coaching staff, it's close to home and I have family in Nashville."
Head, who plans to major in marketing, chose Vanderbilt over Louisville, Boston College and Georgia Tech.
"It's a chance to play in the SEC," Head said. "It's a great school and I think Vandy is an up and coming program. I think in a couple of years we'll be coming for a championship."
Head continues the pipeline from Gwinnett County to Nashville. Vanderbilt has recruited the county very hard in recent years and Gwinnett grads Blake Southerland (GAC), Tristan Strong (Grayson) and Jonathan Krause (South Gwinnett) are on its roster.
"I just wanted to get the commitment out of the way," Head said. "I just want to focus on the season."
Head led Buford in receiving last year with 28 catches for 478 yards and two TDs. He made 54 tackles and three interceptions on defense.
Ferguson was the long snapper for kicker David Petroni's 96 points scored last season. As an offensive lineman, he helped Buford gain nearly 5,300 yards of total offense and averaged 37.7 points a game. Ferguson chose LSU over Tennessee.
"I think what pushed them over the edge against Tennessee is the incredible coaching staff," Ferguson said. "I built a great relationship with the special teams coach, coach Les Miles and the players at LSU."
Ferguson has been attending LSU's kicking camps the last three years and is very familiar with the program. He plans to major in sports management.
"I think I was ready to make a decision based on what I know about LSU," Ferguson said. "I talked it over with my family and I felt like it was the right time."
Head and Ferguson join Dillon Lee as Buford commitments. Lee chose Alabama last month. The Wolves have several other college prospects on the team, including highly touted offensive lineman Vadal Alexander and defensive lineman Kurt Freitag. Both have offers from several SEC and ACC schools.
Buford is the four-time defending Class AA state champion and opens the season on Aug. 19 at Blessed Trinity.