St. C.’s Ferns named to an all-American squad

With National Letter of Intent day in the past for 2013, colleges have shifted their attention to the Class of 2014.

As the focus now lies on the Class of 2014, major recruiting websites are coming out with several honors and rankings.

St. Clairsville junior Michael Ferns, the Michigan commit, is appearing on all of them.

This past week, Ferns was named a second-team all-American for the Class of 2014 by the website, ranked 84th nationally, regardless of position, by Rivals and 72nd by Scout.

“All of the rankings and honors are very humbling,” Ferns said. “It certainly means a lot to me to be added to both the Scout and Rivals listings.”

Ferns learned of his status as all-American early last week. He was the lone Ohioan on the list and was named as one of the eight linebackers on the top two teams.

“To be named an all-American is quite an honor,” Ferns said. “Especially, when you consider the number of athletes that get taken into mind when it comes to the picks.”

Along with those honors, Ferns was one of the guests at the Buckeye Blue Chip Banquet, which is hosted by the Touchdown Club of Columbus and honored both Ohio prep players and college football players from the nation.

“The experience of being invited and attending that banquet will be one that I won’t ever forget,” Ferns said. “Getting honored along with many of the top college players and coaches in America was exciting.”

Ferns is coming off a junior season in which he helped lead the Red Devils to the Division IV state title game before and 14 consecutive victories before stumbling to Clarksville Clinton-Massie.

During the course of the season, Ferns recorded more than 100 tackles from his linebacker spot. He was also a valuable cog on the offensive side, lining up at both tight end and fullback.

With the college selection process long behind him, the future Wolverine has been focusing on preparing himself physically for next season and beyond.

“I finally hit the 240-pound benchmark, which was a goal going into the off-season,” Ferns said.

Ferns will be a member of the Red Devils’ track team this spring. He’s been to the last two Ohio Division II state meets as a member of St. C. sprint relay teams.

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