Things remained quiet for a few months as he geared up for spring football, but it would soon change as one of the top teams in the land came in with an unexpected offer.
"Alabama offered me yesterday," said the Houston (Tex.) Shaprstown three-star.
Perhaps another sign of where Alabama's offense is eventually headed, the staff likes the 5-foot-10, 170 pounder with the ball in his hands.
"They love sped and my abilities when I get the ball and do what I can," said Bernard. "They gave me an offer on that day.
"They like me at wide receiver, in the slot."
While the interaction between the Crimson Tide and the Texas commitment hadn't been too deep, he knows the gist of Nick Saban's team.
"They are a winning school, a winning program," he added.
However, to this point, the Alabama offer has not effected his pledge to the Lonhorns.
Said Bernard, "I am still a UT commit even though I now have options."
FOX Sports NEXT/Scout.com ranks the rising senior as the No. 40 wide receiver prospect nationally.
Highlights from Bernard's junior season can be viewed below.