Following Family Footsteps

St. Clairsville (Ohio) linebacker Brendan Ferns is no stranger to the recruitment process. Having witness his brother, Michael, go through it just last year he has an idea of what's in store for him.

Brendan Ferns, (6-3, 205 lbs.) has a leg up on most prospects in the class of 2016. His older brother, Michael, just wrapped up his recruitment process, signing with Michigan this year.

Now, it's time for the younger Ferns to pave his way through the process.

"I went on a couple of visits with him so I got to see what he did," Ferns said. "It really helped out, especially down the line when I make my decision."

Eventually, the younger Ferns will have to sort through his own recruitment. With programs showing recent interest, it appears that has already begun.

"My dad has been covering a lot of it, because Michael went through it," he said. "He's going to regulate a lot of it so I visit where I should and what schools are contacting me. We're going to just take it day by day."

One school which has entered the picture recently is West Virginia. The Mountaineers offer intriguing options both on and off the field, and will host Ferns this weekend on a visit.

"I was born and raised in West Virginia," Ferns explained. "My dad was a season ticket holder at West Virginia for a while. Coach (Ron) Crook came up for a visit at our school and wanted me to come down for camp. We didn't have anything this weekend so my dad said we could go down."

"I'm actually in engineering and law," he continued. "I've narrowed it down to those two and I know West Virginia is pretty big in engineering. So they're definitely a school I want to visit."

For many reasons, Ferns is familiar with the West Virginia program. Over the last several years, he's watched first-hand the success the Mountaineers have had on the field.

"We went to a lot of games," Ferns laughed. "I remember the good days with Pat White and Steve Slaton. We actually went down to the Orange Bowl when they literally destroyed Clemson."

Being so early in the recruitment process, Ferns doesn't claim any favorites.

"I've visited several schools, but I want to visit more to see what everyone has to offer."

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