Robert Ferrel's winding journey through college athletics has landed him in the Pac-12.
The Reed High product began his college career at College of the Redwoods in 2017. He then walked on at Nevada in 2018 and played in 2019 at El Camino College, where he was named All-American first-team offense as an all-purpose player. From there, Ferrel transferred to FCS school Incarnate Word where he played for two seasons (2020-21). And Tuesday night, he committed to Washington State, his fifth college in the last six seasons.
The 5-foot-9, 170-pound wideout was listed by Incarnate Word last season as a senior, so he should have one year of eligibility left at Washington State, which plays in the Pac-12. Incarnate Word's star quarterback, Cameron Ward, transferred to Washington State in January and is expected to start for the Cougars in 2022, adding familiarity with Ferrel, one of his top pass catchers the last two seasons.
In 2021, Ferrel caught 74 passes for 815 yards and nine touchdowns for Incarnate Word, which went 10-3 overall and won the Southland with a 7-1 record before reaching the final 16 of the FCS playoffs. Ward threw for 4,648 yards (third in the FCS) and 47 touchdowns (first in the FCS) last season. Ferrel ranked second on the team in catches and receiving yards and third in touchdowns. He also averaged 26.8 yards per kickoff return and 11.2 yards per punt return. In the COVID-19-shortened spring season in 2020, Ferrel led the team in catches (35), receiving yards (474) and receiving touchdowns (six) in six games while averaging 24 yards per kick return and 15.2 yards per punt return.
Ferrel played for Reed High's varsity team from 2015-17, catching 127 passes for 2,104 yards and 30 touchdowns, including 15 scores each during his junior and senior seasons. He also averaged 29 yards per kickoff return in his career and 17.3 yards per punt return. In 2017, Ferrel helped Reed win the Northern 4A championship and advance to the state title game, a loss to Bishop Gorman. He was named All-North and All-State that season. Ferrel also was a track and field standout for the Raiders.