Prospect Watch: '16 OLB Brendan Ferns

St. Clairsville (Ohio) OLB Brendan Ferns is a name to watch this fall and is also hearing from Michigan.

St. Clairsville (Ohio) 2016 outside linebacker Brendan Ferns is name to watch heading into this fall.

At 6-foot-3, 205-pounds, Ferns is an athletic outside backer, who can come off the edge and can finish at the point of attack. He is the younger brother of 2014 middle linebacker Michael Ferns, who is currently committed to play for Michigan. While they play in the same the same position group, they compare differently on the field. Michael is more of run stopper in the middle, where Brendan projects more as an Sam or Will linebacker at the collegiate level. However, he does have his brothers size and may end up being bigger by the time he goes off to college in three years.

"I'm just trying to stay on the outside," Brendan Ferns said. "(Michael) is a different build and I think I would be better on the outside … This is a new position, so after today I really haven't figured it out yet to be honest."

Currently, Ferns has no offers but has been in some contact with some Big Ten schools early on in his recruitment.

"I've been contacted by a few schools; Penn State, Michigan, a few Ivy League schools and I got some letters from the (other) Big Ten schools."

Since his brother is attending Michigan, Brendan has already taken an early interest in the Wolverines.

"I went to visit (Michigan) with Michael and they said they would be looking for me," Brendan Ferns said. "I think it would be cool to play with my brother not only in high school but in college. I think that would be pretty cool."

But despite his bothers college commitment, Brendan said there has always been a solid interest nearby Ohio State.

"I mean, I'm from Ohio and the team is Ohio State. So I mean I guess it's Ohio State," said Brendan Ferns on who he grew up cheering for.

In the meantime, Brendan said he is focused on having a huge sophomore campaign for the Devils.

"I just hope this year ends up good, hopefully we can make a run and just do all we can … I just got to prove that I can do it. I need to show that I can hit and do what you got to do."

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