Jordan Bernstine anticipates Pitt visit

The University of Pittsburgh is preparing for yet another significant recruiting weekend. Although the number of prospects visiting is low, the talent level will be exceedingly high. Jordan Bernstine, one of the top safeties in the nation, will visit Pitt this weekend. Recruiting Analyst Bob Lichtenfels informed the on Wednesday that Jordan Bernstine (5-foot-11 inches, 200 pounds) from Lincoln High School in Des Moines, IA, one of the top safeties in the nation, will visit the University of Pittsburgh this weekend.

The contacted Bernstine to talk about his upcoming visit. "I have been to Iowa (12/8), Nebraska (10/2), Texas A&M (9/23) and UCLA (12/02)," stated Jordan. "My visit to Pittsburgh will be my final official visit. I'm looking forward to it."

When asked if the Panther has a legitimate change to land his services, he stated, "Absolutely the Panthers have a chance. If they didn't have a good chance, I wouldn't be visiting. (Panthers Defensive Coordinator) Paul Rhodes has been recruiting me. I can't wait to learn more about Pittsburgh program and seeing Coach Rhodes." ranks Bernstine the 31st best safety in the nation and a "four-star" recruit. He registered 91 tackles (56 solo) and 5 interceptions this season. Jordan carries a strong 3.6 GPA and scored 18 on his ACT.

"I'm excited to meet Coach (Dave) Wannstedt and see what the Pitt football program has to offer. I want to meet the coaches and players see how comfortable I feel. I want to get a feel for the school as well. Once I'm done on Sunday, I can compare the trip to the others I have taken."

Bernstine is the nephew of former NFL tight end/running back Rod Bernstine. He was the only junior named first team Elite All-State by The Des Moines Register. As a junior, in 10 games, Jordan 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 (long of 85 yards. He returned nine punts for a 22.9 yard average. Bernstine benches 285 pounds, squats 450 and has a vertical jump of nearly 42-inches.

"I'm physical and I like to hit. I'm versatile and I can play both safety positions. If you need me to cover a wide receiver, I can do that as well."

"I'm looking forward to this weekend. I hope to meet a lot of the coaching staff, the players and get to know the school much better."

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