Iowa DB Wins MVP, Talks Recruiting

Jordan Bernstine, the MVP of the All-American Combine in Iowa City, Iowa, this past Saturday is a 5-11, 195-pound defensive back prospect whose testing numbers are some of the best our combine tour has ever witnessed. Is UCLA involved?

Just how good of a defensive back prospect is Jordan Bernstine?

Don Cox, who works with the defensive backs at all the All-American Combines, says Bernstine is the best free safety prospect he has seen in our combine's two year existence.

That isn't to say Bernstine couldn't play cornerback, either. It is just that all his experience, thus far, is at safety.

Coach Cox made that statement with an idea of Bernstine's testing results, but at the time, had you asked him the official times, he would have given you estimates. Bernstine's times not only proved he had athleticism, but that he is one of the nation's premier overall athletes.

Timed at 4.43 in the forty yard dash, Bernstine followed that time up with a 4.19 and 7.37 in the twenty yard shuttle and 3-cone drill, respectively. He also recorded a 39.5' vertical and 10-6 broad jump. He did all of that after measuring at five-foot-ten, and weighing in at 200-pounds.

"The combine was a great opporunity to really compete against some of the best in the midwest," Bernstine told "It was a great event, and I thought everything was ran smoothly. I'm glad that I attended, and received the MVP award."

Bernstine entered the combine with six offers in writing (Nebraska, Kansas, Texas A&M, Iowa State, and Purdue) and one verbal offer from UCLA.

After Saturday's combine, Bernstine received the offer from UCLA in writing, as well, as one from the Kansas State Wildcats.

"I had been talking to Coach (Todd) Howard from UCLA the past two weeks, so I had a pretty good idea an offer was coming. They just wanted to see my transcripts. He told it is a great place to play, and be a student-athlete. He also told me that I'm a good enough athlete to come in and earn early playing time. I like the fact UCLA is a school close to where I use to live," Bernstine stated.

(Bernstine moved to Des Moines near the end of his 8th grade year, having formerly lived in Vallejo, California.)

Bernstine also spoke with Kansas State assistant Tim Tibesar after receiving the Kansas State offer.

"He told me that I was a prospect they were impressed with on film, and after they saw the results of the combine, it just re-affirmed to them that they should offer me a scholarship," Bernstine said.

"He just told me he wants me to come down for a visit, sometime, to talk with their coaches. I want to major in business, and he claimed they have one of the best ranking business schools. My mother would like for me to stay close to home so I will give Kansas State consideration."

As of right now, Bernstine is willing to give anyone consideration.

"I don't have much of a list, right now. I guess you can say my favorites are the seven schools who have offered me, but that doesn't mean I'm not willing to consider other schools."

One program, who suprisingly, has yet to offer are the Iowa Hawkeyes.

"I'm going to consider Iowa (if they offer). I don't know what else I have to prove to them. They asked to see me in camp, but I don't know if I showed them enough at the combine or not. Right now, I'm not sure if I will attend their camp or not," Bernstine informed.

As far as for when Bernstine will reach a decision, do not be surprised by anything.

"I don't really have any set time for when I will make my decision," added Bernstine, the nephew of former NFL tight end/running back Rod Bernstine. "I could wait until after my senior season, make it sometime during the season, or there is even a slight chance I'd make it this summer. I wouldn't count on me making it this summer, though."

As a junior, in 10 games, Bernstine 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.

There were those who elected not to attend the combine due to the fact they already held scholarship offers. Jordan Bernstine was not one of those. In fact, he is a glaring example of one guy who helped turn his recruitment from being a midwest affair to a national affair.

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