Ferns focused on three, planning early decision
Written by Matt Pargoff   

Among the top linebacker prospects in the 2014 recruiting class, Saint Clairsville, Ohio star Michael Ferns has already pulled in scholarship offers from around the nation. With such early exposure to the recruiting process, he has narrowed down his list of favorites and taken steps toward reaching an early decision.

Last month, Ferns got his first taste of life in Ann Arbor while making an unofficial visit.

“It was great,” he said of the trip. “The school is fantastic. Academically and athletically it’s great. I want to go into pre-med and they have that hospital right nearby. That was a big positive for me. And it was good being with the coaching staff and everything.”

The visit helped establish the Wolverines firmly in Ferns top three schools. That is an important development given that he hopes to make an early choice.

“I’m focused on Michigan, Notre Dame and Penn State,” he stated. “I’m looking to make a decision by the end of my junior year. They all have a lot to offer.

“I think I know enough to know what I’m looking for ... By the end of my junior year, I think I should have a decision by then. I plan on graduating early. I think by deciding early, that gives me time to focus on school and my senior year.”

While Ferns has already gotten a chance to see his top three in person, he plans to make return trips to each in order to gain a better familiarity with the respective programs and schools. His entire family accompanied him on trips to Notre Dame and Penn State, while only his father joined him on his trip to Michigan.

The young linebacker prospect plans to rectify that disparity with a family outing to the Barbecue at the Big House recruiting event on July 28.

“We’re probably going back [to Michigan] again here at the end of the month,” he stated. “I’m looking forward to getting back to all three schools so I can make a decision. I want to get to a game for all three.”

Ferns had previously considered Ohio State, visiting Columbus on two occasions. While he liked aspects of what the school presented, he has eliminated the Buckeyes from contention in search of a better fit.

“Everyone brings that up to me – that they’re not in my top three,” he stated. “Ohio State is great, but that city life right there, it’s not something I’m really looking for. I could say they’re in the final four, but at the same time, I don’t want to waste their time. If I had a final four, they would be in there, but I’m really just focused on the three schools.”

As a sophomore last season, Ferns made 130 tackles at linebacker and also played a variety of positions on offense. Standing in at 6-3, 235 pounds, he is being recruited primarily for his skills on the defensive side of the ball.


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