EASLEY — A pair of Easley High School football teammates have been together for several firsts in their careers, and they’re not done.
Although their playing days for the Green Wave are over, CJ Fuller and Quaven Ferguson still have one more thing to do, and they will be the first in school history to do so.
Fuller, a 5-foot-10 running back, and Ferguson, a 6-foot-3 defensive tackle, signed with NCAA Division 1 schools on national signing day Wednesday. While Easley has had many players sign through the years, the Green Wave has never had two Division 1 football signees the same season.
Fuller will sign with Orange Bowl champion Clemson, and Ferguson will sign with Atlantic Coast Conference Coastal Division champion Duke.
Fuller and Ferguson were part of three consecutive playoff teams for Easley, a first in school history.
Fuller, who also runs track for the Green Wave, committed to the Tigers last year after setting the Easley school record with 2,090 yards rushing. He finished his Easley career with 3,381 yards rushing. He averaged 6.6 yards per carry over three years, including a career high 10.2 yards in 2012. He also had 401 yards in receptions and 241 in kick returns. Fuller had 4,023 all-purpose yards and 33 touchdowns over three years.
As a junior, 29 percent of his rushing attempts (60) were for 10 yards or more. He scored 19 touchdowns that year, including 13 that covered more than 40 yards. He had 22 carries of 25 or more yards that year.
Fuller had a career high 309 yards against Wren and finished the season with eight games of 150 yards or more. He had another game with 149. He rushed for 237 against Westside, 223 against Greenwood and 258 against Hillcrest (718 total yards) in a four-week period.
Ferguson, also a three-year letterman for Easley, totaled 216 tackles in his career. He had a breakout season as a senior with 93 total tackles, including 19 tackles for loss in 12 games. He had 52 solo tackles and assisted on 41 others. He had 10 or more tackles six times in his career, including five times as a senior. He had a career high 12 against Seneca last season.
Ferguson recorded 33.5 tackles for loss in his career, including 19 as a senior. He also had six sacks last year, forced two fumbles and was credited with two pass breakups.
Ferguson, who also plays basketball for the Green Wave, played in 36 games in his career and anchored a defensive unit that allowed an average of just 140 yards rushing over the last three years.
Fuller is the son of Charlie and Christy Fuller. Ferguson is the son of Kevin and April Ferguson. They were coached at Easley by Chad Smith as sophomores and juniors and Grayson Howell as seniors.