Ferns Talks Recent U-M Commitments

St. Clairsville (Ohio) '14 LB commit, Michael Ferns talks recent commits, recruitment of Hand and more.

COLUMBUS, Ohio--Michael Ferns was the first player to commit to Michigan's 2014 class; and has since worked on getting other top guys to join him in Ann Arbor.

So far, Ferns has been successful recruiter, as he helped guide three more Wolverines' to this year's class with the commitments of Lawrence Marshall, Jabrill Peppers and Chase Winovich last month.

With Winovich being the last player to commit, Ferns said his commitment was a matter of timing after the two of them forged a friendship on their last visit to Michigan's campus. A visit that included a golfing trip between Ferns, Winovich and ‘14 quarterback commit, Wilton Speight.

"Yeah, we rode in carts together," Ferns said on Winovich's decision. "I knew that was one activity that takes away from the football part. It more about building bonds with players who we are going to be around. It sort of got a glimpse of what is to come back then. Sort of after we talked, things fell in place.

"I knew he was going to make the decision. It was just a matter of after his Pitt visit, and after that he would be determined to make it. So, I known for a while."

Ferns was also on campus when U-M landed the commitment of Southfield (Mich.) four-star DE, Marshall. A moment that Ferns said he took as a time to reflect, after being the lone commitment for a short period of time.

"There was period of time for a while it was just me," Ferns said. "It's been a lot more exciting having guys join the class. I remember when Lawrence Marshall committed, I was sitting in coach Smith's office talking with him. Then coach Mattison walked by and said, ‘hey, welcome your new teammate.' He came to the field house and committed and no one expected it. But it was so exciting, we had his shirt in the back of the car."

NFTC Columbus & Hand

At, 6-foot-3, 235-pounds, Ferns had a impressive showing at the Nike Football Training Camp last Sunday. He showcased strong open field movement and the ability to close on defenders, and justified his four-star rating and Scout's No. 7 MLB prospect.

"I felt great," Ferns said on his performance. "I make sure I do things right. I feel like I had one mix up, it was in 1-on-1s over here. But outside of that I felt great. I didn't feel like I mixed anything up other than that. I felt like I was upper in the class, there were some guys who cut in the lines and they end up with the most exposure. At the end of the day I am not concerned with that. I'm looking forward towards to Michigan, that's my biggest concern."

During the NFTC event, Ferns said he took time to catch up with Scout's No. 1 defensive end, Da'Shawn Hand. Ferns said the two of them met on Hand's first visit to Michigan's campus.

"I was also around when he last visited (Michigan,)" Ferns said. "I went out with him and did all the stuff he does on his visit. I came in here and I knew he was going to be here. The first person I saw was him and I was like, ‘Hey!' and I went up and started talking to him. I asked how has been and making sure he still remembers that we want him in the class.

"I think De' Shawn if he is not visiting for the barbecue, he will visit for the camp. So I might make a visit for that just to make sure we keep that recruiting going on."

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