Originally written on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 11/12/14

The Michigan Wolverines picked up their first commitment of the 2014 recruiting class on Thursday night when Michael Ferns (Saint Clairsville, Ohio) committed. The 6-foot-3, 215 pound, Ferns is considered the top linebacker in the state of Ohio and one of the elite recruits nationally. Ohiopreps.com ranks him the #2 overall recruit in the state of Ohio.

Ferns is also a track standout at Saint Clairsville and has been clocked at 4.6 in the 40-yard dash. As a sophomore he registered 144 tackles and also rushed for 441 yards and 6 TDs. Ferns earned honorable mention All-State honors for his efforts.

Ferns carries a 4.0 GPA and plans to graduate from high school in December of his senior season and enroll early at Michigan.

Shane Morris welcomed Ferns to the Michigan family with a shout out on Twitter

S/O to @m_ferns10 the first 2014 #Michigan commit!! Top linebacker from Ohio! Give him a follow! Welcome to the family bro! #GoBlue

— Shane Morris (@S_Morris12) August 10, 2012

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