Michael Ferns and #Project135
Great idea! As a high school junior, I was more concerned about fart competitions with my teammates on the bus.
Ferns has "it".
Well, were you losing the fart competitions? If so, that's unacceptable.
I passed out. Not sure who won.
If you passed out trying you should get some kind of runner up medal, at least.
you passed out before you shit your pants?
He never said that
That's some initiative right there.
This is...pretty damn sweet.
I would rather have a medical red shirt for Devin, but a t-shirt is cool.
Social Media can be really awesome every so often.
So... I thought you had to be licensed by the NCAA and/or the university to use the M logos?
He should be fine
since i just went through this myself in designing a shirt recently, might be worth pointing out to anyone unsure that the block M is a registered trademark of the university. this of course means there are some details that must be adhered to when it comes to using the design legally.
i suppose not selling them negates some of the concern, but given the high profile nature of the shirts amongst the recruits, it is possible that young mr ferns might get a gentle conversation directed his way on the correct usage of copyrighted material from the powers that be.
other than, cool idea for the commits.
hit me up at [email protected], please
I'm sure it's interesting for some people. Also, Ferns may have gotten clearance from M through Hoke.
i suppose the simplest advice is to be sure to used a U-M licensed vendor, there is a lengthy list of approved vendors. Each of them know all the little details of what can and cant be done. (as i said initially, a lot of little things, such as the block M can't be altered in anyway, even things such as a width of an outline are strictly enforced, the circle R (®) must appear, etc etc).
i'm not trying to lay claim to being an expert on the topic by any means...
I made some shirts through Underground Printing for my lab back at Michigan & they added the little (TM) so tiny you can barely see it next to the Michigan logo. They said it was required.
Here at Wisconsin I recently designed some shirts for one of the surgical departments on customink.com - I wasn't the one who inquired, but one of us did check to see if we needed to include that next to the motion W, & nobody told us we had to. So we didn't.
So yea, I dunno. Way to be super helpful, Wisconsin Wolverine.
**Pats self on back.**
If he does...he's got bigger problems than a letter from UofM saying that he can't use the logo.
His amatuerism will be in question. If he's selling these, some booster could give him $10,000 for a t-shirt. #SECissues.
Dude should major in marketing.
I heard a rumor from Urban that Michigan athletes don't major in real things, so marketing would not be a choice for him.
Haven't you ever been to college? Marketing is not a real thing
I count 5 packaged shirts. We have 3 commits.
Per his feed, two are for members of the media.
Otherwise he is mailing 1 to himself
Well, everyone loves getting mail.
T-shirts aren't expensive to make, and definitely not more money than you can reasonably expect a high school junior to have.
You can get up to 28 in a class in the B1G (25 + up to three early enrollees put in the class before if that class wasn't full) and up to 85 total. We'll have 16 spots to get to 85 from seniors leaving plus a spot for anyone who leaves the team. So maybe around or a little over 20 can be expected this year, depending on how many leave the team.
Love this kid! Gotta love the way he's out there recruiting hard for Team #135. Interested to see how this all develops and what sort of effect it has. Hopefully very positive
I hope this isn't some NCAA violation.
I agree. As long as Ferns pays for the shirts himself, he can basically do anything he wants. However, if players currently on the tream try to get involved, thats where it can get hairy.
I trust our coaching staff is all over this, and Ferns has been updated on what is and isn't allowed.
I was thinking the same thing. But if he isn't officially committed and paying for these shirts himself, how can the NCAA possibly find against Michigan?
Give them time, I'm sure they'll come up with something.
The enthusiasm of recent recruits for the program is really encouraging. Some may view this as a letdown from eg a commit, but this sort of thing tells me Hoke and co will prob have some serious staying power if they keep on this path
Awesome! Great work, you are da man!
"Ladies and gentlemen, here to announce our new $100 million partnership with Nike is a 16-year-old who plans to enroll in a couple of years. Please don't consult the NCAA rule book or your own common sense right now."
That's pretty fucking cool
Has any recruit done this before for any school? This is pretty cool. I think it's a great idea ... I'm glad he's getting it done early as well.
I want that shirt.
I hope you're not hoping for a blue one. 'cause we don't get to have those, apparently.
Your move, Mr. Morris
The bonding of the class together first, especially since that is allowed right now by NCAA rules, IS whats best for the team right now IMO
Great idea. I think they should starting jumping guys in.
see the S&C staff for the first time.
If they get jumped in they would have to get jumped out to decommit. It seems like a great tactic to nail down a class.
I have obliged to the request of the powers that be at mgoblog to not follow UM recruits.
I dunno if that is MGoBlog policy. I think the only hard-and-fast rule is that you not TWEET recruits.
Maybe don't follow them because it's god damned creepy?
...doesn't Ferns know that commits come in pairs, not one at a time!
It's ok Mr. Ferns, the University can't seem to figure out the correct shade of yellow either. We wouldn't expect you to.
What is this yellow color you speak of?
but ever since (I'm guessing) Shane Morris started recruiting people heavily, I feel like all of our commits have been recruiting way more than I ever remember anyone doing before Shane. It's almost an expectation now amongst commits.
Ricardo Miller did a bunch of recruiting also. Outside parties-espn and rivals and such-didn't take as much notice of it because he wasn't as highly ranked as Shane. However, I do think you are quite right that Shane raised the bar as to how much recruiting is done, especially with the proliferation of twitter and all these camps. It seems like each time a recruit recruits-ha-he is taking it up a notch, and I like that.
Well this is pretty sick.
would be pretty cool to see and may give even a little extra incentive
The Ohioites that manage to escape make good Michigan Men.
To sell through the MGoStore. Good job Mr. Ferns!
A little blown out of proportion due to expectations from yesterday, but still a great idea. Shane's really started something in terms of going out and actively recruiting kids. Props to Ferns for going out and doing this. I'm sure he's done his HW, but I hope he's going about this the right way. Last thing we need are NCAA violations.
A bunch of people might have had delusions of granger and started posting with no idea what was coming. That should hardly have set any expectations.
Why would you even find it necessary to make your last statement? What is wound so tightly in people that they have to turn over rocks looking for issues that might not exist?
To be honest, I don't remember reading about any delusions of grainger around here.
EDIT: I love how you edited "grainger" to "granger."
Are "special" t-shirts that only the cool kids get to wear??
Pretty cool. ...but shouldn't he have made maize shirts for the media?
He did. He even said the maize shirts are for the media.
No, he said the "yellow" shirts are for the media. Not mad about it or anything, just explaining the comment.
No other school can display this kind of dedication and love for their school. Great initiative and this is a welcoming trend the recruiting classes are coming up with on their own. Proud to be Blue, proud to be Michigan.
Maybe mention Sparty too. Why is it necessary to contrast other schools. This is great to see, period.
I didn't have a twitter accout. But, this makes me want to get one.
I hate rules more than anyone, but here's a consideration. I'm assuming these have to be paid by HIM. If his mom or dad is funding these, wouldn't they be considered boosters? In other words, committed players' parents could funnel gifts to recruits through their son. I, of course, don't think that's the case here. However, that strategy could circumvent the system if left unregulated.
I see what you're getting at, but because they're cheap t-shirts, it's probably not going to trip anything. Technically, the value doesn't matter, but in reality it does. It's not like Ferns is sending an iPad to every kid when he commits.
As long as it's trinkety like that, I doubt the NCAA bats an eye. But then again you never know.
So if he were to send a letter with paper bought by his parents, would that b a violation? Cost DOES matter.
Gotta love the passion he has. Man that's impressive.
Free GoBlueWolverine article from Sam Webb: Ferns Seeks Top Class w/ Project 135 Campaign
Over the years Michigan has had the great fortune of seeing many of its verbal commitments turn into some of its most valuable recruiting tools. Fifteen years ago the first member of the Wolverines’ 1998 class, All American quarterback Drew Henson, played a vital role in helping secure the #1 class in the country. He was instrumental in helping lure the top two receivers in the country (David Terrell andMarquise Walker), the top tailback (Justin Fargas), and host of other blue-chippers. More recently the first commitment in Michigan’s 2013 class, All American quarterback Shane Morris, proved to be a central figure in helping the Maize & Blue lock down the nation’s second best class. Both Henson and Morris were effective in communicating to others the attributes that that made Michigan so appealing to them with frequent phone correspondences and occasional campus visits. The first member of Michigan’s 2014 class is committed to conveying the same message in the same manner, but today he augmented his approach in a way that makes it truly unique.
Licensing department at Michigan will not like that.
I refuse to wear yellow (maize). It's Go BLUE.
EDIT: I mean yellow/maize as the dominant color. If you guys say that true fans wear maize, then why don't we just have maize football jerseys? or all-maize unis (like we do in basketball; ugh)? It's because maize as the dominant color sucks, and it's Go Blue or go home. Sorry, that's just my opinion.
Ummm... So I guess you're not in the maize rage. Or have ever been to a maize out. Or had any of the many many official shirts which are maize.
A maize crowd looks a lot better than a blue crowd.
Not sure it infliences any recruits but it says a lot about Ferns' passion for UM.
This kid is awesome. I love it. Those who were expecting miraculous announcements from a commit, chill. Ferns has heart.
chest pump x2
Great leadership and initiative, Mr. Ferns! This kid has "future captain" written all over him.
What's he gonna do with all these shirts once Urbz flips him?
He should start a line of Kate Upton tank tops.
I actually think this is one of the coolest recruiting ideas I've ever heard. I guess Michael Ferns is the Shane Morris of this class.
Really is an awesome idea. Also pretty generous on his part as I am guessing he is paying for these shirts out of pocket.
Not trying to incite panic but a friend close with the program told me that Ferns is shaky in his commitment.
Flamebait? I was being sarcastic, what is wrong with you people!?
You said you didn't want to incite panic then you wrote something designed to incite panic. It appears panic set in prior to the "/s". I think the blame for the miscommunication falls on you, not the recruiting followers who you know are on edge anyway.
"what is wrong with you people?"
I ask myself that same thing sometimes...don't take it to seriously. I think people knew what you meant.
I am glad at least one person understood me!
There has got to be a Promotional Tour for #Project135. Considering who the Project's organizer is, what better way to promote it than by an appearance on Zach Galifiniakis' Internet show.
WARNING: The following clip contains adult language and what some might consider to be violent behavior.
This is awesome and shows amazing initiative for a 17-18 year old kid. Having players recruit (actually recruit, not just random twitter talk) is huge as they do not have the same restrictions that coaches do. Kudos to Ferns, he is my early favorite for my favorite recruit of the class.