Michigan picks up 2014 linebacker commit
Written by Matt Pargoff   

Michigan’s recruiting efforts for the class of 2013 are nearly complete with very few slots left to fill. With that in mind, the Wolverines have shifted much of their focus to the class of 2014, offering several prospects that will be highly regarded on the coming year. The Maize and Blue picked up their first pledge for the class of 2014 this week.

According to Steve Wiltfong of 247 Sports, linebacker Michael Ferns of St. Clairesville (Ohio) has committed to Michigan ($).

Maize & Blue News will get in touch with Ferns to discuss his pledge, but this development should not come as a huge surprise. The 6-3, 235 pounder had Michigan in his top three with Notre Dame and Penn State earlier this summer, prior to the sanctions being levied against the Nittany Lions.

With the Big Ten foe out of the way, his recruitment was shaping up into a Michigan-Notre Dame battle, and Fern had visited both schools on several occasions. He last tripped to Michigan for the Wolverines’ BBQ at the Big House event in late July.

“The school is fantastic,” said Ferns of Michigan earlier this summer. “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.”

Ferns noted at the time that he planned to make an early decision because he planned to enroll at his school of choice in January 2014, following his senior season.

“I think I know enough to know what I’m looking for,” noted Ferns this summer. “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.”

As a sophomore last season, he made 130 tackles at linebacker and also played a variety of positions on offense. Video highlights can be seen below.


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