Mississippi State has already lost the recruiting battle for Michael Ferns, and a letter that the school sent the top prep linebacker certainly won't make the situation any better.

Ferns posted a photo on Instagram of a note which appears to be from the coaching staff at Mississippi State. All it says inside the card is: "You're a baller."

Perhaps not the best recruiting strategy, especially considering that Ferns has already verbally committed to Michigan. If you're going to get Ferns to decommit, Mississippi State, you're going to have to try harder than that.

Interestingly, this isn't the first time a school has called a recruit a "baller" in a letter. North Carolina State sent recruit Dexter Wright a note saying "NC State needs ballers" and that Wright was a "baller."

So, high school football players, if you consider yourself a "baller," Mississippi State or North Carolina State might be the place for you.

(H/T to Game On!)