this week in unintentionally grim-sounding recruiting headlines
It's official--we've added seven players to the Michigan family:
- Drake Harris
- Wilton Speight
- Bryan Mone
- Freddy Canteen
- Brandon Watson
- Michael Ferns
- Mason Cole
I believe all seven of these guys are future starters. But who will make an impact in 2014? The guy with the best chance on paper is Bryan Mone, since we don't have any established players at NT. But I'm going to pick Freddy Canteen, who has freakish quickness and good speed (reported to have run a 4.43 40). If he's half the technician he appears to be on tape and is a willing blocker, then his EE conditioning might get him into the line-up early. Drake Harris is another possibility.
Speight is up against two good QBs with game experience, Watson is on a depth chart with a plethora of quality DBs (that felt good to say), Ferns is one of many talented LBs, and, finally, we should be able to redshirt all of our incoming OL, so Cole should get a year of seasoning,
Welcome to the family, and GO BLUE!
Our first 14' commit, Michael Ferns, has been offered by Saban as an H-back. Brady and co. have certainly done a great job of discovering talents.
Quoted content came directly from Steve Lorenz (free information)
Saban called the St. Clairsville coach today looking to talk to Michael, whom he eventually got on the phone with, mostly by chance. A long story short, Saban grew up in West Virginia and knows a lot of people connected to the Ferns family (grandfather, etc.), which is how the conversation began. Saban then offered Ferns a scholarship, somewhat surprisingly, as an H-Back TE. It's a total non-issue.
The Ferns' were concerned that one of the local sites would try to make something out of this, which it looks like they have. As you would assume, it's nothing but another notch on Michael's belt as far as scholarships go. He has a lot more than have been reported, but hasn't really bothered talking to coaches from other teams and has gone as far as telling his coach to tell other programs to stop coming by Saint Clairsville to stop wasting their time.
Mixed bag for our recruits still in playoff action tonight.
Channing Stribling and Matthews Butler edged East Forsyth 25-15 to advance to the Regional round (NC State Semifinals) where they will play Mallard Creek (Marquez North - 2013 top 10 WR).
Patrick Kugler and North Allegheny crushed Seneca Valley 47-17 to advance to the WPIAL Quad A Finals at Heinz Field next week against Woodland Hills.
Mike McCray and Trotwood Madison cruised over Turpin 42-14 to win their Regional Final and advance to the OH Division II State Semis. McCray had an INT.
Jaron Dukes and Marion Franklin's comeback attempt came up short in a 32-30 loss to New Albany & OSU commit Darron Lee. Lee intercepted a pass intended for Dukes with less than a minute left in the game. Dukes caught a 2pt conversion in the loss.
Ross Douglas and Avon lost 42-14 to Toledo Catholic Central (S Jayme Thompson (OSU commit), 2014 QB DeShone Kizer, TE Keith Towbridge (Louisville)) in a rematch from last year's playoffs. Douglas had a 20 yd TD run.
Michael Ferns (2014) and St. Clairsville won 37-29 over Johnstown to win their Regional Final and advance to the OH Division IV State Semis.
Chris Fox and Ponderosa are shooting themselves in the foot right now down 19-7 at the half with 3 lost fumbles, a punt blocked, and a punt snapped out of the end zone for a safety. Rough start.
EDIT: Fox's Ponderosa got upset last night 19-14 in a crazy finish. Tough loss for the kid.
#cspreps INSANITY! Ponderosa fumbles on 1st and goal from the 1, down by 5, with 53 seconds left. Mesa Ridge can take knees and win it. Wow!
Rivals released its initial Rivals 250 for the class of 2014. Michael Ferns is a 4-star.
Here's a list of Michigan offerees on the list: