In-State LB Gives High Marks to K-State

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Sean Bernard was among the thousands in attendance for the Kansas State annual Purple and White Spring Game. The 6-foot-3, 220-pound linebacker from Wichita North (Kan.) High School has received strong interest from the staff after a good showing at the Wildcat camp last summer.

He visited Manhattan with teammate, Caleb Franklin, last Saturday to see the team in action and talk more with the coaching staff.

"We went to take a tour of the facilities and watch the game," said Bernard. "I got to talk a little with Coach Snyder. He gave us a lot of information on the program and said they stressed a family atmosphere and academics. It was a very informative session.

"Kansas State has been expressing interest. I get messages on Twitter from Coach Braet all the time. I really enjoyed the visit. It was an exciting, fun atmosphere. They introduced me to recruits who were visiting and the ones who are committed there. I've been talking to them since last summer. I'll be going back there this summer to show them some of the things I've improved upon since last year."

Prior to his junior season, Bernard broke a bone in his foot in an AAU basketball game which kept him out six games of the Redskins' football season. He returned for the final four games to give a performance worth of All-League honorable mention.

"I played both inside and outside linebacker in a 4-3 defense," he said. "I rely on my God given ability and have a knack for finding the ball. On plays, I go with the flow of the game and make big plays. I've built up my strength in the off-season and like to make big hits. In our conference, I've flown under the radar, but I feel like I'm primed for a big senior year."

Bernard has one offer from Toledo so far and has been contacted by coaches at Oklahoma State and the Air Force Academy.

"The coach at Oklahoma State talked to me about playing defensive end," Bernard said. "I've never played that before, but I'm willing to play wherever. I love playing defense. Coach Pipes came to talk to me at my school from Air Force. I've never really thought about the military, but I'm keeping my options open right now.

"I'd like to go to a college program with a good environment where I'm comfortable with the coaches and the other guys."

In January, Bernard said he attended the U.S. Army Combine in San Antonio in an effort to get his name out there for college coaches to know. This spring he went to an Under Amour Combine in St. Louis and will be going to a Nike Training Camp. He also plays basketball at North and has been dubbed "The Enforcer" by his teammates for doing the dirty work in the paint. Currently, Bernard is competing in the discuss and shot put in track and field.

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