DE Ferrell Continues To Shine

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In a defensive struggle on September 28 against St. Christopher’s, junior defensive end Clelin Ferrell kept telling himself one thing.

“Just keep your motor running,” he said.

Ferrell and the Benedictine (Richmond, VA) defense enjoyed a stellar day against St. Christopher’s, holding the Saints to just 10 points in a 14-10 victory. The standout junior had at least one sack, accounted for a couple of tackles for loss, and had several quarterback hurries in the win, showing why he has earned 11 major college scholarship offers to date. A week later, he helped Benedictine (3-3) capture its third straight win in a 21-12 decision over Paul VI.

(Here are highlights of Ferrell’s performance against St. Christopher’s…)

Fluid, athletic, and fast, the 6’5″, 225-pound Ferrell will line up at either outside linebacker (on either side) or defensive end on any given play. The objective is simple.

“Don’t give the offense a second look,” said Ferrell, who had over 80 tackles with 26 tackles for loss his sophomore season.

Cadets coach Greg Lilly likes what he has seen from his defense as the season has progressed.

“Our guys, particularly from a defensive standpoint, the first two or three weeks they were trying really hard to make plays and maybe not playing their responsibility. Not playing their gap,” Lilly said. “They’re doing a better job now of playing their gap and running to the football, and that’s been the difference the past few weeks.”

Clemson, East Carolina, Iowa, Penn State, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia Tech are among the schools that have offered the promising prospect, viewed by most college coaches as a defensive end. Virginia Tech made a strong first impression when Ferrell visited Blacksburg the summer of 2013.

“When I visited Tech it was my best visit. It was my first visit of any school. It was real good. It felt like a family there,” said Ferrell, who returned to Tech last Saturday for the UNC game (this interview was conducted before the game, and attempts to reach Ferrell since have been unsuccessful). “They recruit players from Virginia. They recruit players I play against. I know two players from my school go there now –