Opening Day Visitor?

Last night, Big Red Report mentioned that Nebraska is seemingly in-line to get a visit from a four-star recruit. Recently, Nebraska made the cut for this recruit's top eight, cutting Oklahoma just recently, and it seems that Nebraska might see this recruit as early as opening day in Lincoln. What does this four-star prospect like about Nebraska?

At 5-foot-9 and 195-pounds, Gio Bernard from Fort Lauderdale (Flor.) St. Thomas Aquinas is one of the most exciting running backs in the nation. Four stars and rated and rated the 25th best running back in the nation, Bernard is still trying to improve.

"The summer went good," Bernard said. "I have been working a lot. I am trying to get better. I was trying to improve at everything. You can always get better."

Last year Bernard rushed for 1,578 yards scoring 18 touchdowns. Bernard also picked up all-state and all-county honors. Bernard says that his quickness among other things sets him apart from other running backs.

"I would say probably my quickness and ability. Also I have the ability to catch the ball out of the backfield. I have the ability to make good cuts and stay at a high speed."

Bernard is often asked who he runs like. He typically doesn't have a response to that answer, but has been pegged many times before to have a resemblance to Barry Sanders.

"I have heard that before and it's just an honor to hear that. I guess that I can kind of see why they say that because of we are about the same size and have a low center of gravity. It's definitely an honor to hear that."

There are a lot of top programs that Bernard is going to have to say no to when he makes his college decision. He has been trimming his list and recently cut the ninth team to get to a top eight.

"I had recently cut it to a top eight from a top nine. I just recently eliminated Oklahoma. Everything else is still the same and I am still open to other schools and offers.

"My top eight right now are Miami, Florida, Florida State, Notre Dame, Alabama, Tennessee, Oregon State and Nebraska. I am looking at the entire environment at a school and coaching staff."

On the heels of cutting Oklahoma, Bernard has turned some of his focus to making trips this fall. He doesn't have any set up yet, but he has his eyes on a couple that he would like to possibly see.

"I have been thinking about some visits. It's a hard process and I never really realized how hard this was all going to be. I am just kind of going through all of that right now.

"I haven't really decided on all of the schools that I will take my visits to. I have a couple of schools that I would like to see and will probably take official visits to."

Nebraska has made a couple of cuts now for Bernard because he likes a lot of things that Nebraska has to offer. One of the biggest things has been Bernard's recruiting contact at Nebraska.

"They have a great tradition there at Nebraska. They have been down a little bit recently and they are building back up to that National Championship level. I want to be part of something like that.

"Their running backs coach, Tim Beck, is really a great guy. He's been sending me a lot of letters and emails. I have just taken some time off from recruiting and am getting back into it right now."

The Huskers are one of the teams that Bernard is eyeing for an official visit. In fact, the game that Bernard has in mind is the first game that Nebraska has on their schedule.

"I am actually looking at the game that they play against FAU (Florida Atlantic). I think that it's their home opener. I haven't set it up, but I will probably be calling Coach Beck here in the next couple of days."

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