Greater Miami So. Florida Pop Warner -- Gwen Cherry Bulls Jr. Midgets athletes, QB/DB Jovan Ferguson (TOP PICTURED) and RB/DB Shamar Paul (BOTTOM PICTURED) is perhaps the top 8th grade tandem in Miami-Dade County entering this fall. They're best described as all-around playmakers, that can line-up at several positions in all three phases of the game and grade out as a champion.
Did you know? Jovan Ferguson has lost only three games within five seasons since playing youth football? Jovan, gave the world a glimpse last fall in the Sean Taylor Classic of his two-way athletic ability, scoring on offense and switching over to defense, catching an interception vs. the Florida City Razorbacks.
This off-season, Jovan didn't stay at home on the couch playing video games like the average adolescent. Jovan, earned a spot on the Florida vs. Georgia 7th Grade All-Star team that was held in Georgia and not to mention, made the 7th Grade FBU football team. He later returned to the Sunshine State and participated in the Generation Nexxt Ultimate Skills Challenge in Davie, FL at the Chamber, finishing both Top 5 in the quarterback skills challenge and the 40-yard dash, clocking an eye-popping electronically timed 4.9/40.
Question: How does it feel enter fall ranked as the #1 preseason utility athlete in South Florida according to Generation Nexxt Scouting? And what have you done this off-season to help you enhance your game?
Answer:I have been working on my mechanic which has helped me improve on how I play the game of football and also, I have been doing push ups to improve my arm strength
Question: Jovan, I've successfully seen you lined-up at cornerback, safety, quarterback and wide receiver on both the gridiron and 7-on-7 football. Which position would you like to play in high school? And why?
Answer: This is a hard question, but as of now I would pick DB then WR and the reason I pick those positions on the field, because as a DB I can read the field great cause the vision I got as a quarterback it actually helps me at DB because as a quarterback I know where everybody at on the field and at wide receiver, I know every route on the offensive side and I have the speed to make plays all over the field.
Question: I'm hearing you and your teammate, Shamar Paul is a package deal, heading into high school. Why is it important, you guys remain teammates at the next level?
Answer: The answer to your question is great chemistry and he been like my brother since day 1 and I know when it's time for college, I hope both of us have the same college choices cause If we do we both are making a good decision to go with each other and strive to be the greatest. High school will be chosen after this football season.
Year in-and-out South Florida is known for producing SPEED and ATHLETES and Shamar Paul is a young man that fits into that category. Shamar has been a playmaker every since he can pick up a football. Last fall, on offense lining up at running back and wide receiver, he scored over (15) all-purpose touchdowns while sharing the load with two Generation Nexxt Class of 2019 All-South Florida selections -- Running backs, Rayquan Berry (Miami Northwestern) and Jacquez Stuart (North Miami).
Shamar displayed this summer just how fast he really is on the gridiron. The bulls superstar, made everyone ask who's that kid, as they watched in disbelieve watching an upcoming 8th grader clocking an electronically 4.8/40. Just like his teammate, Shamar was also selected to play in the Florida vs. Georgia 7th Grade All-Star Game.
Question: Last fall, I observed you jump from the 105lbs (Jr. Pee Wee) to the 145lbs (Jr. Midgets), surpassing the 120lbs level and you didn't miss a beat playmaking wise. Why was the transition easy for you? And did it help you, sharing the backfield with Rayquan Berry and Jacquez Stuart?
Answer: Because I worked out hard and I started practicing early before the season started and sharing the back field with rayquan and jacquez helped me out a lot.
Question: How does it feel being named Generation Nexxt Scouting preseason #3 overall running back for the Class of 2020 in South Florida? What do you think makes you a great running back?
Answer: It feels great being the #3 overall running back for the class of 2020 in south Florida. What makes me a great running back is my speed, agility and my vision .
Question: I would love to be clocked at an electronally timed 4.8/40 like yourself. Do you train with someone? Or do you just run track? Or both?
Answer: I train with my dad which is Paul Smith and I ran track so I really did both.