Earlier in this series, we profiled Delaware Valley Charter High School secondary member Tariq Lovelace. One of his partners in the secondary is captain Ishmel Bernard.
Bernard, standing at 5'10" and weighing 178 pounds, lead DVCHS to an 8-3 record and a divisional championship. He played cornerback and safety this season and finished with 31 tackles and two interceptions.
The rising senior says he is mostly being recruited as a safety, but would prefer playing corner. However, he is prepared to play safety if that is what is asked of him.
"As a safety my strength was reading the play," he said. "And I have speed to step up for the run or get back for the pass."
Bernard, like the other DVCHS players we have profiled, is undersized and would like to work on getting bigger.
The captain said his recruiting is "doing okay", but that "it could be going a lot better." He has been contacted by Maryland, and likes the school, saying he has "no concerns" about the program.
Calvin Hill, Markeese Walker, and Lovelace are other DVCHS players rumored to have been recruited by the Terps. Bernard is looking forward to the possibility of continuing his playing career with his current teammates to the next level.
"That would be great," he said. "For all four of us to go the the same school. We all are good friends and we play together well."
Bernard was one of the captains for DVCHS and won the team's Heart of a Champion award.
Bernard Captains DVCHS to Successful Season
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