At 6-foot-3, 235-pounds, Ferns built an offer list second to none and surprised many when he announced he was ready to cut his growing list down to three programs with Notre Dame, Michigan and Penn State making the cut.
"I visited Notre Dame for the whole weekend and the family all went up there," said Ferns. "I had my mom, dad, brother and sister with me. They all enjoyed it and we visited the bookstore and left with a bunch of clothes afterwards.
"The football side of things at Notre Dame is great, but I thinks it's the school side that really sticks out to me. It's Notre Dame, the campus is great and it's a smaller school obviously. I feel like there would not be much of an adjustment for me moving from where I am now to that level."
"What impressed me the most (athletically) was the football building (Guglielmino Athletics Complex)," said Ferns. "It seems to be the best structured that I've seen.
"I'm not the kind of kid that is sold on flashy kind of things as I'm looking more at the school and staff," Ferns continued. "I'm not a person sold on being around cool uniforms and all that. Notre Dame is not the most flashy, but it's a school I can see myself at.
"Plus a Notre Dame degree can take you a long way. I think the opportunities are what really sell me on them."
As for when Ferns will look to make his final decision, don't expect it anytime soon.
"I'll definitely be heading back to all three (schools) for a game this fall," said Ferns. "I'm going to look at each after that. If I could mix and match, it would be the perfect situation for me. But I'll sit down and look at what situation will give me the best opportunity to have success.
"I'm going to take it easy during the football season and then after that is when I'm really going to sit down and start breaking down this whole recruiting process and look towards finishing it up by the end of my junior year so I then can focus on my senior year before heading off."