With the majority of spring evaluations around the corner for the class of 2017, most junior prospects are just starting to gauge just how much interest they’ll be receiving from colleges.
But for 2017 La Porte (Tex.) linebacker Terrel Bernard, who already holds offers from the likes of Missouri, Baylor, Texas Tech, and Northwestern, he has already established himself as a highly-sought after three-star prospect.
SMU got in early on Bernard, however, after extending a scholarship back in September.
Since then, the 6-foot-1, 200-pound linebacker has picked up big offer after big offer, but has also still had the chance to form a strong relationship with the Mustangs’ Archie McDaniel.
“Me and Coach McDaniel talk a lot and get a long really well,” Bernard said. “(The relationship) has become fun. At first, it was a little awkward just because I was getting used to the recruiting process, but now it’s just real fun talking to him.”
Bernard has also spoken a fair amount with the Mustangs’ headman, Chad Morris.
The two have gone from conversations on twitter, to facetimes and phone calls.
“He’s a great guy. He’s an excellent coach as well,” Bernard said of Coach Morris. “You see what he has done at places before SMU, and I’m sure what he’s going to there will be amazing. He said the turnaround starts with the recruits and players he brings in and helps develop.”
The junior backer got the chance to check out SMU this spring on a junior day visit, which was, overall, a great experience.
“I actually love the city of Dallas so it was really cool to visit there and see what they have to offer,” Bernard said. “(The facilities) are actually really nice.”
But in the end, the Mustangs are far from the only team to impress Bernard while on a visit.
As of now, Baylor, Houston, Missouri, Texas Tech, SMU, Kansas State and Northwestern are the teams sticking out to Bernard.
And while he admits that Oklahoma, who will visit him this spring, would be an “exciting” offer, he also just wants to find a place he will feel comfortable at.
“I want to feel like I can connect with the coaches on and off the field,” Bernard said about his future landing spot. “Somewhere I feel like I can help the team immediately and fit into their scheme. I think I’m going to graduate early, so wherever I go, I think I’ll be up there for the spring.”
The versatile defensive player does not have any set visits lined up right now, but does plan on visiting some school this summer, which will likely include SMU.