Just days after I wrote an article showcasing my surprise that there had been zero 2014 commitments, Brady Hoke has pulled a fast one on me and landed an immediate impact player on defense in the shape of Michael Ferns,
The linebacker who plies his high school trade for St. Clairsville in Ohio is an even bigger get because the Wolverine have once again beaten Ohio State (who also offered) to one of their biggest in-state recruits.
At 6'3" and 235 pounds with a 4.6 40-yard dash time, he already has enough size for the college level and Kyle Meinke of www.annarbor.com reports that recruiting analyst Allen Trieu projects Ferns as a 4-star prospect whenever the rankings are released.
Ferns had been considered a long-time Michigan lean but to get his verbal commitment so early will encourage other recruits to do the same, much like the way Shane Morris started a landslide of commitments when he gave his word very early on.
Bryan Fischer of cbssports.com reports:
"Michigan just stuck out to me," Ferns told GoBlueWolverine.com. "After that second visit up there it kind of really stuck out more. I felt good the whole time I was there. I felt great and I knew it was time to make the decision.”
247sports.com ranks Ferns as the fifth best inside linebacker prospect for 2014.
Ferns also claims that the BBQ sealed his decision after he once again had some great talks with the coaching staff.
And with other 2014 prospects like Damon Webb and Parrker Westphal also having fun at the BBQ, it's not going too far to say that another verbal may be around the corner.
Other good 2014 recruiting news also stems from the fact that Dominique Booth is excited to visit Michigan.
According to Todd Worly of 247sports.com, the 6'1", 195 pound receiver from Indianapolis will visit in the fall.
Booth said, “I know they want to see my first game or so before they offer me. I really do like Michigan. They’re going to a pro style offense after Denard Robinson leaves, and I really like the school and everything. Everyone knows about the Big House, so I want to experience it for myself, see what game day is like there and check out the school and the people.”
All great early signs for the 2014 recruiting class.