Ferns calls U-M pledge 'easy decision'

It took a few days, but Michigan’s Big House BBQ has paid off for the Wolverines once again in the form of its first 2014 commitment. Linebacker Michael Ferns (St. Clairsville, Ohio/St. Clairsville) committed to Michigan on Wednesday but wanted to make sure he had all his ducks in a row before coming public about it on Thursday night.

“We were finding out how I could graduate early, and that I have to take two senior classes,” he said. “I have to take two senior classes and that scheduling is done, so we decided we would make the decision and put it out there.”

Ferns is undoubtedly one of the top prospects in the Midwest in his class. The 6-foot-3, 215-pound linebacker already has offers from Boston College, Illinois, Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State and Oklahoma, among others.

With all those offers so early on Ferns still felt that having the opportunity to be on scholarship at Michigan was a big deal. Growing up in Ohio, he didn’t expect his recruitment to end this way, but is happy it did.

“Most Ohio State fans say forget Michigan, but once I got up there and met the staff and players and got to see the actual school it was an easy decision,” he said. “The first visit was great, but then the BBQ was sort of where I knew I felt comfortable.”

Ferns said had it not been for the academic questions he and his family had he probably would have committed at the BBQ.

He was originally planning on making his decision after his junior year, but said he felt as though he had seen enough to end his recruitment.

“My family agrees with everything and they enjoyed the trips up there, so it made it very easy [to decide now],” he said. “I get to focus now on my team, and then after my season I’ll focus on talking to some other recruits and anything else.”