Bernard Has His Focus On Seven

Notre Dame is still looking for a running back for their 2010 recruiting class and one of their top targets is Gio Bernard. The standout from St. Thomas Aquinas High School (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) has narrowed down his list of schools, and has two official visits in mind.

Notre Dame would like to bring in two running backs in this recruiting class and Gio Bernard (5-foot-9, 195-pounds) is one of their top prospects. Bernard would like to get a closer look at the Irish this fall, but in the meantime he's staying in contact with the coaching staff.

"I still talk to them a lot," Bernard responded when asked about his interest in Notre Dame. "I talked to Coach Parmalee and Coach Alford over the weekend. I'm pretty sure me and a couple guys from our team are going to go to the USC game. We all just need to talk it over with our families before we set the date. That's pretty much the game I want to go to for my official visit.

"I know they're working hard. I want to see the team chemistry. I definitely like the school a lot. There's a lot to it and a lot that I can get out of it in terms of the education and my future. I think their offense would suit me."

With plans to visit Notre Dame, it would appear the Irish will make Bernard's final list of school.

"I'm still in the process of narrowing my schools down," Bernard said. "I just pulled Oklahoma off my list. Other than that all the schools are the same; Miami, Florida, FSU, Alabama, Tennessee, Oregon State and Notre Dame.

"(I'll visit Oregon State) because my brother went there. I'm probably going to take a visit up there with him. I think we're going to go sometime in December. I think for the "Civil War" game against Oregon. That should be pretty fun. They've definitely caught my eye, so I'll have to take a visit there.

"I'll probably take my other visits to out of state schools," he commented. "I haven't had a really good chance to see those schools, so I want to have a chance to look at them."

Expect Benard's recruitment to last throughout the fall. He'd like to take all of his visits and then take his time before deciding.

"I have no clue at the moment," Giovanni said of the timing of his decision. "It's really going to be a tough decision, so I'm going to have to take my time. I just need to find the best place for me and make the best decision for me and hopefully it's the best decision for me."


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