A number of college coaches don't like the circuit of football combines that are held around the country. While they may be a hassle for the coaches, they do serve a purpose for players like Jordan Bernstine (5-10, 200-pounds). The combines often provide college options that would not have been available if events were not held.
"They started [recruiting me] after the Ohio State Nike combine," Bernstine replied when asked when the Irish began recruiting him. "I was up there and I performed pretty well. After that is when they first got in contact with me. Since then they've been in touch with me and my coach and requested my film. They saw my film and loved it and then they wanted to see me in person at camp.
"It was a no-brainer [to attend camp]. I didn't have anything else planned at that time, so I felt it was good to get up there and be around the coaching staff. I think I did really well. I was sick all last week and I was still sick at the camp, but I went in and I performed really well. The coaches said they liked what they saw."
Bernstine already owns offers from Iowa, UCLA, Kansas State, Pitt, Indiana, Colorado, Nebraska, Texas A&M, Purdue, Iowa State. After his performance at the Notre Dame camp he may have another offer on the way.
"They said that they'd be in touch this week and that I'd know something about where I stand with an offer," Bernstine said of his expectations for an offer from the Irish staff. "They're recruiting at safety. That's where I want to play. I'll give up the ball. I like to hit people with the ball.
"Yes I have," he said when asked if he had considered playing for the Irish prior to being contacted by the coaching staff. "It's a really prestigious school and you always see them on TV – great school.
"I don't have a time period [for a decision], so I could decide after the season, before the season…I don't know."
As a junior, Bernstine recorded 75 tackles (52 solo), four tackles for a loss, four interceptions, three passes broken up, three caused fumbles, and three fumble recoveries. He also returned 15 kickoffs for a 46.5-yard average and two touchdowns. He returned nine punts for a 22.9-yard average.