“Yesterday sometime right before noon, Michael [Ferns] asked for his full release from Michigan, and was granted that,” said Michael Ferns Sr. “It wasn’t a big process. It took a couple minutes truthfully.”
Ferns, who was Michigan’s first verbal commitment in its 2014 class, committed as a sophomore to the Wolverines. He has decided to transfer to West Virginia.
“The University of Michigan was great to Michael,” Ferns’ father added. “I have nothing but all pleasantries to say about Michigan. I think the world of it.”
An January early enrollee, Ferns redshirted his freshman season at U-M. His transfer comes after the firing of former U-M coach Brady Hoke on Dec. 2. His transfer, along with the multiple decommitments from Michigan’s 2015 class have the Wolverines football program scrambling as they search for their next coach.
“Would Michael still be at Michigan if coach Hoke were there, probably,” Ferns said, later adding:
“I don’t think it’s farfetched to say, that anybody is super excited about the state of the program there right now. By all means it had something to do with it. … I’m not saying this is good for 99-percent of the kids. But this is a good thing for Michael.”
Ferns is the first player from the 2014 class to transfer. And the decision didn’t come lightly, his father said.
“We were sitting there last night and I said, ‘You know Mike, are you sure you want to do this? Because this is really nice place.’ He just thinks it’s time,” Ferns’ father said. “To be honest with you, if he doesn’t do it now, then he’s not marketable after this year.”
Ferns, who starred at St. Clairsville (Ohio), was rated a four-star prospect and Scout.com’s No.8 MLB in the country in the 2014 class. The move also makes sense travel wise, with West Virginia’s campus only a 90 minute drive from his hometown. He will have three years of eligibility left in his college career and will have to sit out the 2015 season.