Ferrell, a 6-foot-5, 225-pound defensive end from Richmond (Va.) Benedictine, does figure to establish concrete plans to visit UNC, but the trip will likely occur after the football season.
"They were the first school to offer me, so I definitely want to see the school," Ferrell said. "I definitely want to know the motive of the program moving forward. I know that UNC is a big basketball school, but I want to see the football side. I definitely want to see the campus. I want to see the academics – that's probably the most important part, because I'm a student first and I can't play football forever."
Ferrell plans to major in either kinesiology or sports nutrition in college.
Thirteen schools have offered Ferrell a scholarship, including Clemson, Iowa, Ohio State, Penn State, South Carolina, Virginia Tech, and West Virginia.
Ferrell has only been able to visit South Carolina and Virginia Tech. The lack of visits has contributed to his inability in naming a leader or group of favorite schools.
"I don't really have any schools that are sticking out to me right now," Ferrell said. "I just want to sit and wait to see what schools come at me the hardest. But there are some schools that are talking to me a lot, like Oregon. I'm getting a lot of mail from Tennessee, ‘Bama, Ole Miss. I talk to Virginia Tech a lot, of course, because it's a close school."
Ferrell also speaks on the phone with Walt Bell, who recruits the Richmond area for UNC, at least once every two weeks.
"He basically just talks to me about how UNC feels about me," Ferrell said. "A lot of time, he'll put me on the phone with Coach [Larry] Fedora and I'll talk to Coach Fedora about how things are going and how they want me to get up there and get on campus."
UNC is among a lengthy list of schools Ferrell plans to visit at some point.
"I definitely want to visit the rest of the schools that have offered me," Ferrell said. "I want to see some other schools like Florida State, LSU, Florida, Clemson – I really like Clemson. I want to see other schools like Ole Miss."
The day before UNC hosted Virginia, Benedictine lost in the semifinals of the VISAA Division I playoffs. Despite an admitted slow start, Ferrell went on to tally nine sacks on the season.