FSU’s Tony Annese Explains Part of His Pitch to Recruits

BIG RAPIDS – The Ferris State football team received their national championship rings earlier this spring. But what does one do with such a bulky ring?

Of course, many people wear them — if not everyday at least for special events.

But Ferris State head coach Tony Annese told reporters last week he likes to use the ring as a symbol during his pitch to potential recruits.

“I use it for recruiting. I don’t wear it but I have it here. So there’s times when I’m introducing myself to a kid where I’ll do one of these numbers,” Annese said, gesturing holding out his fist for a fist bump. “Then he fist bumps me and I put the ring in his hand and say ‘hey, would you like one of those?'”

“You want to sell it, right?” Annese added. “But it’s not the only thing we do here. We also sell the fact that we lead D-II in NFL players. So there’s a lot of selling points here.”

Ferris State opens the season against Central Washington on September 1st.

In February, the Bulldogs introduced 22 student-athletes that make up the incoming recruiting class.