MONTAGUE — Montague football star Brandon Moore announced last week that he has verbally committed to play football at Division II Ferris State University next season.
Moore received a full scholarship offer to attend the school, which is coached by former Muskegon High football coach Tony Annese. Annese is friendly with Montague coach Pat Collins as well as assistant Bob Peterson.
“Part of that comfort level for him is the network of coaches he’s looking to as mentors,” Collins said. “The relationship maybe made Brandon feel comfortable, but ultimately he felt most comfortable with Ferris State.”
Moore, who will play wide receiver in college after playing mostly at quarterback his senior year, had also received Division I attention, but Collins said Ferris State’s full-ride offer was better than the offers Moore was getting from Division I schools.
The commitment does not become binding until National Signing Day, Feb. 6, but Collins said there is most likely only one school that could change Moore’s mind on Ferris.
“One that he really likes is Michigan State,” Collins said. “He likes the coaches there too and likes the campus and the chance to be in that arena, in a Big Ten school, is a big deal. He thinks highly of that but they haven’t offered him a scholarship,”
Regardless of what the Spartans choose to do, Collins is pleased that his player will have the chance to get a free education.
“It’s really what it’s all about for me, with all our student-athletes at Montague,” Collins said. “It’s awesome to know Brandon will have this opportunity. He could have a great future ahead of him.”