Reports: UM LB Michael Ferns headed to West Virginia

The Detroit News

Michigan freshman linebacker Michael Ferns plans to transfer to West Virginia, several recruiting websites reported Tuesday.

A Michigan spokesman said Ferns has received his release.

Ferns, a 6-foot-3, 239-pounder from Saint Clairsville, Ohio, enrolled at Michigan last January. He did not play this season.

He is the first player to transfer from Michigan since coach Brady Hoke was fired Dec. 2 after four seasons.