RB Jake Ferris will Walk-On at Minnesota

Jake Ferris, a 5-foot-11, 205-pound running back from Hartland (WI) Arrowhead, is going to be a preferred walk-on at Minnesota. Ferris led Arrowhead to a Wisconsin Division One State Championship title as he rushed 31 times for 206 yards and two touchdowns in a 31-7 win over Mequon Homestead. GoldenSports.Net caught up with Ferris to learn the latest on his decision.

Jake Ferris finished the season with 1,792 yards and 36 touchdowns, both school and county records, as he led the Warhawks to a 14-0 mark. Ferris opened the scoring in the game with a one-yard run with 11:27 left the second quarter. He closed the scoring with a 78-yard run with 1:52 left in the 3rd quarter. The game was revenge for Arrowhead, which lost to Homestead 35-0 in the 2006 title game, ending a 12-2 season. Ferris had more a 3,000 yards and 50 touchdowns in his junior and senior season.

Ferris was named to the 2007 Associated Press WIAA football All-State and Wisconsin Football Coaches Association All-State second team. He was selected to the Classic Eight All-Conference second team as a junior and first team this season. He was given first-team All-Area, All-All-County and All-Region honors. Ferris was named PrepNation player of the year for the state of Wisconsin.

Ferris visited Minnesota January 26th and came away impressed with his visit.

"I liked it a lot. I got to look at the facilities," he said.

Ferris will likely play fullback in college, something that he is looking forward to.

"I sat down with Coach Meyer and he said that he saw me as a diamond in the rough and as a physical football player," Ferris said. "If I can put on 10-15 pounds, which I should be able to do, I can play fullback."

Ferris put up big numbers as a high school running back, but is not considered disappointed about the move to the more physical spot of fullback.

"I was always a physical runner. I'd rather lower my head than run around someone," he said. "Anyway I can get on the field and help the team, I'm willing to do."

Ferris also plays lacrosse and participates in power lifting.

"We won the state title in lacrosse. It is a big-time sport at our school," he said.

Ferris received interested from Division I-AA and Division II schools.

"I had plans to visit Dayton and Valparaiso, but canceled them after committing to Minnesota. Princeton talked to me a lot. I had an offer from Michigan Tech and visited Winona State."

Ferris is excited about the prospect of playing at Minnesota, which started contact with him after the season.

"Big Ten football is night and day different from Division II in terms of facilities and competition," he said. "I know that it will be hard work, but I would not have agreed if I couldn't handle it."

Ferris, an excellent student with a 3.67 GPA, has already decided on a field of studies at Minnesota.

"Engineering. My aunt and uncle own an engineering company in Burnsville. Hopefully, I can do an internship with the company during the summer," he said.

Ferris will not be able to attend summer school as a preferred walk-on, but will arrive at Minnesota in time for summer camp.

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