Thursday, August 9, 2012

Michael Ferns Is Commit #1 For 2014




Team 135 recruiting has begun and Michigan sure did pick up a good one.  One of the elite players in the state of Ohio and arguably the #1 in the state when it's all said and done is linebacker Michael Ferns out of Saint Clairsville, Ohio.  Michael is marked at around 6'3" tall and 235 pounds.  He is an elite playmaker and has said from the start that his top three were Michigan, Notre Dame, and Penn State.  Michael has gone about his commitment the right way and I believe that when the Penn State sanctions came out that it became a two horse race.  Michael never officially said so, but that's just my personal opinion.  Not all of the scouting sites have done their rankings for the 2014 class but I'll still chart them out and give a general breakdown.

There's not a whole lot of analysis on Michael so I apologize for the lack of expert feedback.  But this commitment is HUGE for Michigan.  There wasn't much room at the linebacker position given the great prospects they picked up in the 2012 and 2013 recruiting classes, but Michigan is still going to take at least a few prospects in 2014  I literally only see them taking possibly one more linebacker in 2014 and to steal the top player in Ohio was massive.  Brady Hoke is pure genius and he is continuing to snatch top talent out of that state.  Say what u want about the team that plays in the red and gray, but I'll tell you what nobody can deny the great talent that comes out of the high schools there.  Michael is a tremendous player that has ability to go sideline to sideline.  Add on that he's a great tackler and you're talking about one of the best linebackers around.  I have watched his highlights and I was immediately excited when I heard of his initial interest in Michigan.  He took a couple of visits to Ohio State and it's great that Michigan could get him away from Urban Meyer. 



Here are the basic listings on Ferns:






Height
6’3"
6’3”
6’3”
6’3”
Weight
215 lbs
235 lbs
235 lbs
238 lbs
Position
ILB
ILB
ILB
ILB / TE
Rating
NR
NR
NR
4*
Position Rank
NR
NR
NR
#5
National Rank
NR
NR
NR
#94









Ok so it's not going to be much of a breakdown as many of the sites haven't really ranked the 2014 prospects yet, with the exception of 247 sports.  The NR usually means not ranked but in this case it's because they haven't done their rankings so that's why that's in there.  Not much to say, but according to 247 he's one of the top linebackers in the country.  He's already ranked 5th at the position and he's a top 100 guy. Michael has great size and all of the sites except ESPN listing him at 6'3" and 235 pounds (ESPN 215LBS). He's still young, so he could easily add some weight and just become a monster.  It's still early on in his career so look for Michael to move up as there's debate to him possibly being the top player in the state of Ohio.  247 also listed him as a TE and they are the only site to do so.  I don't think anybody expects him to play there, but he has in the past.  He was also a track runner and is a phenomenal athlete.

Michael also happens to be very intelligent and has a 4.0 GPA, something that Michigan fans are sure to appreciate.  There were rumors that the principal and school were working out some issues that delayed his commitment.  To be honest, I felt pretty strong about it after the BBQ and all of the things that he had to say about his visit and nearly committing on site.  I'm particularly a huge fan of guys that commit early.  Not only can they focus on their high school obligations, but they also can work on recruiting other players to their school.

Ferns is a big-time commitment.  There is actually some speculation that he could be the best player in Michigan's 2014 class.  I'm not totally convinced of that at this point, especially because we haven't even seen a lot of the rankings yet, but I certainly think he has a good shot at that.  Most fans are focused on 2013 recruiting for Michigan, but Ferns should be a name to remember.

Here is Ferns' highlight video:

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