When Michael Ferns chose to commit to Michigan over Notre Dame and Ohio State, the Wolverines didn’t just pick up one of the best linebackers in the Class of 2014, they also picked up one of the class’s top recruiters.
Ferns has been extremely active on Twitter and during visits to help Michigan put together the class it has so far, but he hasn’t turned his full recruiting focus on his younger brother just yet.
Brendan Ferns is in his first year as a full-time starter for St. Clairsville High School in St. Clairsville, Ohio, but the 2016 athlete figures to be a big-time prospect of his own when his time comes. The 6-foot-3, 205-pounder hasn’t seen the recruiting process kick into full gear just yet, but has already received mail from several programs, including Penn State and Michigan.
For now, the younger Ferns is focused on his current season.
“I think we’ll be good,” he said. “I think we’ll make a run.”
The Red Devils opened the season with a 24-21 victory over Claymont.
St. Clairsville made quite a run last year, reaching the Ohio High School Athletic Association Division IV state title game before losing to Clinton-Massie 46-36. The younger Ferns saw some action last year, but will have a major role at outside linebacker and on special teams this fall.
Outside linebacker is a new position for Ferns, so he isn’t even sure what it holds for him yet.
“I’m just getting comfortable with it,” he said. “I don’t really know what my strength is yet because it’s a new position.”
He is excited though.
“I think it’s going to be cool, but it’s going to be cooler because I’ll be playing with my brother,” Ferns said. “I played last year with him, but this year we’ll be on the same field and starting together.”
While Ferns is excited to be in the huddle with his older brother this season, they haven’t talked about trying to do it again in the future in Ann Arbor.
“We haven’t really discussed me playing with him at the next level,” the younger Ferns said.
Before choosing the Wolverines, Michael Ferns had serious interest in Notre Dame and his family did as well. The younger Ferns would likely give the Irish a strong look if they showed sincere interest in the future.
“Not only is Notre Dame a good football school, it’s a good academic school,” he said. “That’s what I like about it.”
Brendan Ferns joined his brother on one of his trips to South Bend last year.
“I liked it. I thought it was cool. I liked the tradition part of it.”