The Ferris football family grew dramatically last Wednesday, Feb. 5, when the team welcomed its latest class of 38 signees.
As 2 p.m. rolled around on Wednesday, Ferris head coach Tony Annese finally unveiled the massive recruiting class of 38 signees. Among this class, Ferris revealed a third set of twins set to join the program.
Offensive linemen Bob and Tim Anderson from Rochester joined sophomore defensive backs Amarr and Amere Blake, and freshman offensive linemen James and John Fletcher, as the third set of twins to join the Bulldog football team.
“I think it’s cool when twins want to come to the same school,” Annese said. “You ask one of them if they are going to go together, and one says yes while the other says that it doesn’t matter to him. We now have two sets of twins that are o-linemen with the other set being defensive backs. With three sets of twins being in the same position groups together so their best friends and that’s cool to see.”
The Anderson brothers were just two of the 19 offensive players signed to the class that include a promising trio of quarterbacks. Caden Boersma of Muskegon Mona Shores, Micheal Martin-El of Edison Highschool in Detroit and Jaylin Willis from Southridge High School in Miami, Fla., all headlined the position group that Annese believed to be one of the stronger parts of the class. The class also brought in two designated athletes that played quarterback in high school.
“I like the two quarterbacks we have, for sure, and the other three quarterbacks we have labeled as athletes; we’ll see how they are as well.” Annese said.
Michigan was the focus for Ferris in much of its recruiting efforts, bringing in 29 recruits from across the state. Beyond that, recruiting efforts looked at Florida. Six players from the sunshine state signed with the Bulldogs, including two running backs, a wide receiver, a slot receiver, a quarterback and a defensive back.
“I’ve always said this about Floridians: those kids are going to schools that win,” Annese said. “They do it in high school where they don’t have school districts so they can transfer whenever they like. We’ve had great luck with Florida kids. You look at the guys we have here on campus, and they’ve done very, very well.”
Defensively, the Bulldogs signed 16 players to the team, bringing in five defensive linemen, five defensive backs and six linebackers.
With 38 players signed to the team, there will be much competition to see who will see the field first. There will be competition throughout the roster to see who Ferris’ next star will be.