Ferns Couldn't Fight the Michigan Feeling

Ferns Couldn't Fight the Michigan Feeling

St. Clairsville, OH LB Michael Ferns became Michigan's first commitment in for the class of 2014 Wednesday.

It turns out that was just a matter of time for St. Clairsville, OH LB Michael Ferns went Blue. After his most recent visit to Michigan nearly two weeks ago he knew that becoming a Wolverine is what he is destined to do.

“I think when I went back (to Ann Arbor) the second time for the barbecue, I felt good about making the decision,” Ferns admitted. “After that you just kind of look out for the academic stuff focusing on fixing my junior schedule up to graduate early my senior year.  After that I was ready to go.”

“Michigan just stuck out to me.  After that second visit up there it kind of really stuck out more.  I felt good the whole time I was there.  I felt great and I knew it was time to make the decision.”

Once certain about collegiate destination Ferns phoned his future coaches Wednesday to make them aware of the news.  The euphoric response on the other end made him even surer of his choice.

“It was great,” said Ferns of regarding the reaction from Ann Arbor.  “I talked to Coach Hoke and I could tell he was excited.  Coach Mattison walked out for an interview but he talked to me for a little bit before doing that and there was huge level of excitement.  It’s nice to know the coaches feel that way about me.  It just made the decision so much better for me.”

All that was left was to announce his decision publicly… something he hoped to do this weekend.  He soon found out, however, that word travels fast in the world of recruiting.

Said Ferns, “My dad and I talked about waiting until the weekend to get it out in the press, but it kind of got around town, so we just decided to let it out early.  It’s no big deal.  The main thing is I’m happy with my decision.”

With recruiting now out of the way all of Ferns’ athletic attention is directed toward one place.

“Now my focus is working on my junior season,” he said.  “It’s a big part of the reason I committed now.“

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