"Coach Doeren came to talk with us, and it went really well," said Fernandez. "He was letting us know his gameplan and what he was coming in with... what all he wanted to do.
"He also wanted to let us know his defensive background, but it was more about just getting to know him."
Fernandez was a summer commitment to NC State, and although he was considered a soft verbal after the coaching change, Fernandez continued to talk with other schools. He even scheduled official visits with Rutgers and Pittsburgh. Will he still take those trips?
"Not anymore," said Fernandez. "I'm not taking anymore visits. I'm solid to NC State right now. I went there for my official when they played Florida State, so probably the next time I go up with be for the spring game.
"I've talked with some other guys about going to State with me. I've been trying to get them to just go check it out and see."
A 6-foot-2, 220-pounder, Fernandez had a strong senior season for Lake Mary, as he was named Defensive Player of the Year by the Orlando Football Club for his play at linebacker.
"It really doesn't matter to me if I play inside or outside linebacker in college," he said. "I'm quick, and I can get to the ball. I like to hit and I'm good with using my hands.
"I can probably improve on just getting stronger and faster for the game because the game changes on that level."