"I asked about our relationship between him (Mike London) and I, and then he said that you will be a scholarship guy for sure, and they offered," explained Ferns. "I just sat there. I couldn't believe it was actually happening. I just sat there for a few seconds because I couldn't believe it."
Virginia is the first school to offer the 2016 linebacker, who is emerging as one of the top prospects in his class. The Cavaliers are off to a nice start.
"I like Coach London a lot. I think he really believes that his players need to be good players but also good students. He makes sure each student goes to class. I think he does a good job there."
Although the 6-foot-3, 205 pounder had the chance to connect with the Wahoo head coach, Ferns also had the opportunity to connect with defensive coordinator Jon Tenuta.
"Coach Tenuta was in my school a few months ago and said they were interested. He said if I showed up on campus they would offer, and they did just that," said Ferns. "He is a good coach and I like him. "
This was also his first opportunity to see Grounds; and the Jeffersonian theme definitely left an impression on the Virginia target.
"Very nice campus. I was surprised at how much history there was around Virginia."
Ferns is also hearing from Vanderbilt, Ohio University, Cincinnati, and Northwestern. Next stop for Ferns will be Minnesota on the 28th. With every stop he makes, he will remember a word of advice from his brother, Michael.
"He told me to pick a school I like. Don't pick one off the coaching staff, in the end you don't know if that coaching staff will be there. So he said pick the school you like.
I just need to make sure the school has great academics and that I get a good degree. "