Bernard takes in Rocky Top experience

Florida running back Gio Bernard recently returned from Knoxville Tennessee where he took an official visit to Rocky Top. The four star rated running back got a chance to experience a game day experience at UT. Go "Inside" to see what Bernard thought of his trip and where Tennessee stands for his services.

Every high school prospect gets five official visits.

Every year visits occur earlier, allowing prospects to visit their respective schools for a game day experience.

For Ft Lauderdale running back Gio Bernard his visit to Rocky Top will be one he won't soon forget.

"It was a really good visit," Bernard told "I got the chance to meet all the coaching staff; I got the opportunity to visit with a lot of the current team."

The one thing that stood out the most to Bernard was the unity of the Tennessee coaching staff.

"I didn't realize how great this coaching staff is," Bernard said. "This one of the most talented staffs in the country, their chemistry and unity is great."

Bernard got to experience most of the Tennessee traditions including the Vol Walk, and the game day experience at Rocky Top.

"The game was a heartbreaker," Bernard explained. "I really thought they should have won the game. The fan base is beyond amazing, we had great seats. Wow what an experience."

This was Bernard's first official visit; he already has plans for at least two more to Oregon State and Notre Dame.

Bernard accompanied two of his team mates who also took official visits to Tennessee this past weekend. One is already committed to the Vols in the nation's top kicker Michael Palardy.

"Michael and I are real good friends," Bernard said. "It would always be good to have a friend already on the team I choose."

Where does Tennessee stand for Bernard?

"I really like them a lot," Bernard said. "They are definitely one of my top schools right now. There is something that really intrigues me about Tennessee."

Bernard is a four star running back rated by and is the No. 12 overall running back in the nation.

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