Making Connections

Safety Jordan Bernstine (5-11, 200, 4.45) from Des Moines Lincoln (Ia.) says he has twelve scholarship offers, but denies a leader. He favors Nebraska, Iowa, Iowa State, Texas A&M, Notre Dame and UCLA. He also has offers from Indiana, Colorado, Pittsburgh, Illinois, Kansas, Kansas State and Purdue.

Safety Jordan Bernstine (5-11, 200, 4.45) from Des Moines Lincoln (Ia.) says he has twelve scholarship offers, but denies a leader. He favors Nebraska, Iowa, Iowa State, Texas A&M, Notre Dame and UCLA. He also has offers from Indiana, Colorado, Pittsburgh, Illinois, Kansas, Kansas State and Purdue.

 

Bernstine's first scholarship offer was from Nebraska in February. "The facilities are crazy," Bernstine said. "I love them! They are huge and when I was there they were still building more. It's all huge and brand new."

 

The other two schools that Bernstine has already visited are in-state favorites, Iowa and Iowa State. The Hawkeyes are about two hours from his house, while the Cyclones are only about 25 minutes. "Distance won't play a factor, but it's a plus," Bernstine said. "I like the coaching staff at Iowa and the atmosphere there is great. They have really good tradition there and great fans.

 

"Iowa State is a program on the rise and I think they'll be getting even better."

 

He attended a camp at Iowa on June 10 and Notre Dame on June 3. "I'll probably go through the whole process. I don't see myself deciding early," Bernstine said. "The coaching staff will play a big part. I'm not looking for a certain style of coach because I've had all types. I just want to make sure I connect with the coaches. I don't have a timetable. I'm just gonna take my visits and see what happens. Right now I have 12 offers and I'll take a look at every one of those schools. Hopefully in the fall I'll have it down to five."

 

Bernstine finished his junior season with 76 tackles, five interceptions (three for scores) and four tackles for loss. Offensively, he had 54 carries for 700 yards. He had 16 total touchdowns. "I love to hit," Bernstine said. "I have good range and try to be a leader on the field. I'm physical and play real hard nosed, but I still want to improve my footwork and reading the quarterback. I also want to work on my hand coordination."

 

He benches 285 pounds, squats 450 and has a vertical jump of nearly 42-inches. "Some schools said I could play running back or receiver, but my main position is safety."

 

Bernstine's uncle, Rod Bernstine, played tight end and running back for Texas A&M in the 80's and was also on the San Diego Chargers and Denver Broncos in the NFL.

 

He reports a 3.6 GPA and an 18 on the ACT.


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