When a local Ohio TV station ran an interview with St. Clairsville linebacker Brendan Ferns earlier this week, it sparked speculation that the four-star prospect was going to make his college decision before the Aug. 28 start of his senior season.
There was one issue with the interview: it was conducted in late June and not posted until Aug. 11. According to Fern's father, the two finalists are the same. But a misunderstanding on the recruiting "dead period" in early July prompted Brendan to have to delay making all of the visits he wanted to make before coming to a decision.
"I'm not convinced (Aug. 28) is the target date," Mike Ferns said. "The quote used in the (WTOV) interview said prior to the start of the season. My guess is people looked up his first game and said the 28th was the day."
Nobody confirmed any of this with the family, the elder Ferns said. He added that one more visit to Penn State is likely.
"We didn't do a good job managing the dead period," Mike Ferns said. "If (a visit) doesn't happen prior to the season, (Brendan) has Week 3 (Sept. 11-12) off, so he can visit Happy Valley then."
Ferns is a 6-foot-3, 225-pounder. Some believe West Virginia has an edge in his recruitment because his older brother, Michael, is a redshirt sophomore tight end/fullback for the Mountaineers, having transferred to the school from Michigan earlier this year.