With the number of open spots in Texas Tech's 2016 class shrinking, eyes are turning to the class of 2017 for more movement on the Red Raider recruiting front. La Porte outside linebacker Terrel Bernard, who was offered by Texas Tech back in May by inside linebackers coach Zac Spavital, is one prospect in that class that Tech fans should keep an eye on.
Bernard, who was a unanimous 21-6A First Team All-District selection as a sophomore after last season, is enjoying an excellent season with La Porte so far after notching wins over Clear Springs, Houston Bel Air, and Clear Brook to open the season before dropping a game to The Woodlands. Bernard tallied 53 total tackles, four sacks and three fumble recoveries in those first four contests.
La Porte has since gone on to defeat Deer Park and blowout Sterling.
Bernard's recruitment is also starting to blow up a little bit with interest from more Power Five schools since his season started.
"Since Sept. 1, I've been talking to a lot of schools and a lot of coaches. It's been pretty interesting. I've been talking to SMU, Texas, Texas A&M, TCU. Those are pretty much the new ones. Texas Tech and Houston have been talking to me too."
Coach Trey Haverty is Bernard's primary recruiter from the Texas Tech coaching staff.
"I talked to coach Haverty, the linebackers coach, (the other day) on Twitter. I've been talking to him quite a lot. We just talk about the season, goals, expectations. Not getting complacent, try to keep getting better every day."
The linebacker prospect has followed the Red Raiders in the 2015 season and likes what he sees so far out of head coach Kliff Kingsbury's team.
"I've watched a couple of their games, it's been pretty fun. It's energetic, electric. It's fun. I like watching them, everybody's moving around real fast. It's fun. [Coach Kingsbury] is a great coach. I've been watching him for a long time. It's just crazy, it's exciting. He's a really great coach."
Bernard also has a great rapport with coaches from several other in-state schools.
"Coach McDaniel from SMU, coach Cross from TCU, I've talked to coach Patterson from TCU a little bit. Coach Blacklock from U of H as well."
Bernard holds offers from Texas Tech, SMU, and Houston. He also reports interest from Texas, Texas A&M, and TCU.