"Out of the schools who have offered me, in no particular order, it would be UCLA, Texas A&M, Iowa, Nebraska and Pittsburgh," said Bernstine. "From who hasn't, Ohio State, Notre Dame, USC and Tennessee are who I like. Each of those schools has said they would still be recruiting me strong, but as of right now, I don't know if they'll offer me."
Bernstine said that from his top five a leader has yet to emerge, but that he is hoping to begin narrowing it down to a favorite while also figuring out where he will be visiting. "I don't have a leader right now. Those five are about the same in my interests," said Bernstine. "I will be setting up my visits in the near future and I want to take all five of them."
While he wouldn't give away who would be receiving a visit, two schools do stand an excellent chance at being places he will officially visit. He said, "Iowa will probably be one. I like them a lot and they are recruiting me hard. It's the home school. UCLA is another strong possibility that will get an official visit."
Bernstine said he was hearing from three of the UCLA coaches: Defensive Coordinator DeWayne Walker, Offensive Coordinator Jim Svoboda and defensive line coach Todd Howard.
With home-state Iowa being one of the schools who've offered Bernstine, there is a pull for him to sign with the Hawkeyes, one which he acknowledges. But he said that he won't let that be a huge factor for him. "Family-wise, they are telling me to do what's best for me. But outside people are saying that I should stay in state. Honestly, I am going with the best choice for me," said Bernstine. "I don't have a timetable, I just want to do it when it feels right."
Bernstine has kept himself busy this spring and summer, attending camps at Notre Dame and Iowa, junior days at Iowa, Iowa State, Nebraska and Ohio State, as well as the Ohio State Nike Camp and Iowa Scout.com Combine, being named the MVP at both.
Tuesday is also a big day for Bernstine, a day he has been looking forward to for some time. "At 12:01, I am going to pick up NCAA07 for the Xbox. I can't wait and see some of the places I'll play at," said Bernstine.
Academically, Bernstine is solid with a 3.4 GPA and an 18 on the ACT. He said he plans to take the ACT again in September.