Is RU still involved with 4-star Fla. RB?

Among the many talented players Rutgers coach Greg Schiano watched in person last week in the St. Thomas Aquinas of Fort Lauderdale vs. Bryne of Duncan, S.C., showdown was a four-star running back with ties to the Scarlet Knights. The player talked to about his recruitment, whether Rutgers is still involved and what schools are on his list.

When Rutgers coach Greg Schiano attended the showdown in Fort Lauderdale last week, there was plenty of Division I talent on the field. One of the top players was St. Thomas Aquinas of Fort Lauderdale running back Gio Bernard, who holds a Rutgers offer.

Unfortunately for the Scarlet Knights, not even some close family friends is swaying the four-star running back into keeping Rutgers on his list.

"At first, that was a school I definitely considered, but after a while found it not to be a place for me,'' Bernard said. "It's got great coaches, great program, but it's not for me. I kind of want to get away from the city. I have some close family friends that went to Rutgers. Not blood family, but close family friends. "They tried to sell me on it, and the education and things like that.''

Rutgers is out of the mix, but Bernard said not much else has changed with his recruiting. The 5-foot-9, 195-pounder still lists Miami, Florida, Florida State, Notre Dame, Nebraska, Oklahoma State, Oregon State, Alabama and Tennessee as his favorites.

"I haven't had that many chances to talk to schools because I've been doing my own thing and concentrating on my own season,'' Bernard said. "There's homework to do, things to worry about with my family, my dad, and things outside of football.''

There is also the matter of an injury.

Bernard said a hamstring injury limited his effectiveness in the win against Byrnes High of Duncan, S.C., and he worried college coaches watching in person and on television didn't understand why he was not as explosive as he usually is in a game.

"I hoped coaches don't think, ‘Ok, he's not that good.' ‘'Bernard said. "I had a hamstring injury going on. I took the week off before because I couldn't play and I will miss this week's game (against Nova). I was kind of a decoy (against Byrnes.).''

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