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Brendan Ferns

#7 Brendan Ferns

LB | r-Fr. | 6-2 | 236 | St. Clairsville, Ohio | St. Clairsville HS

  • Sustained a season-ending knee injury during the preseason

2016 (Fr.)

  • Redshirted

High School

  • Played for Coach Brett McLean at St. Clairsville High
  • As a senior, led team to a 9-3 record, 4-1 conference mark and the second round of the state playoffs
  • Strong athlete who also excelled at running back
  • Senior stats showed 118 tackles, 10 TFLs, two sacks, five pass breakups, two forced fumbles and two interceptions in leading the St. Clairsville defense
  • Offensive stats as a senior showed 1,066 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns, averaging 6.9 yards per carry
  • Also recorded 27 receptions for 600 yards and four touchdowns, averaging 22.2 yards per catch
  • U.S. Army All-American Bowl (2016)
  • USA Today American Family Insurance All-USA Ohio First Team (2015)
  • Big 22 Player of the Year (2015)
  • AP All-Ohio Division IV Defensive Player of the Year (2015)
  • AP All-Ohio Division IV First Team (2015)
  • AP All-Ohio Division V First Team (2014)
  • AP All-Eastern Division IV District Defensive Player of the Year (2015)
  • AP All-Eastern Division IV District First Team (2015)
  • AP All-Eastern Division V District Defensive Player of the Year (2014)
  • AP All-Eastern Division V District First Team (2014)
  • Captain of the Times Leader All-District Defensive unit
  • Two-time All-Buckeye 8 Athletic League South All-Star First Team (2014-15)
  • Ranked No. 232 on the Rivals250
  • Ranked No. 145 on the ESPN300
  • Ranked No. 106 on the Scout300
  • Four-star recruit according to ESPN, Rivals, Scout, 247Sports and MaxPreps
  • 247Sports rates him as the No. 7 best linebacker prospect in the nation and No. 6 overall prospect in Ohio
  • Scout rates him at No. 7 best linebacker nationally, No. 12 best prospect in the region and No. 6 best recruit in Ohio
  • Rivals’ recruit of No. 11 overall in the state, No. 16 nationally at linebacker and a member of the Rivals 250 club
  • PrepStar Top 150
  • Helped team to a 11-2 overall record and a 5-0 conference mark as a junior

Personal

  • Birthday is September 26
  • Son of Mike and Heidi Ferns
  • One of three children
  • Brother, Michael, is a tight end/fullback for the Mountaineers
  • Majoring in business
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