Iowa DB Enjoys UCLA Visit

Jordan Bernstine, the 5-11, 200-pound safety prospect from Des Moines, Iowa, couldn't have picked a better weekend to take his official visit to UCLA. The big hitter talks about the visit, going out of state to school and how his list of favorites stacks up now...

Des Moines (Iowa) Lincoln safety Jordan Bernstine (5-11, 200) knows when to pick the right weekend to go on his official visits.

Bernstine tripped to Nebraska in October when they took on Texas, a thriller that the Longhorns pulled out in the final minutes. This last weekend, Bernstine again got to see a great game, officially visiting UCLA for their upset win over USC.

"Man, it was a lot of fun, I had a great time," said Bernstine. "It was an amazing atmosphere there at the Rose Bowl, and it was a big game so you had all those fans in blue and then some fans in red. 90,000 people all going crazy, it was really cool. I picked a heck of a game to go to."

Aside from the game, Bernstine also was able to take in the UCLA campus and spend some time with the coaches as well as players. "My host was Michael Norris and aside from him, I hung out with Chris Horton, their safety," said Bernstine. "I got to meet a lot of the other guys and recruits, too."

Bernstine is being recruited by UCLA assistant Todd Howard and he also met with defensive backs coach Gary DeLoach, defensive coordinator DeWayne Walker and head coach Karl Dorrell.

"Coach DeLoach, he's real cool, because he tells it like it is," said Bernstine. "Coach Dorrell is a really cool guy. Coach Walker told me that I could come in and play early. Most of the guys they have in the secondary are juniors, so I could play right away. I could play strong, because I can hit, or I could play free because I can cover."

Aside from Nebraska and UCLA, Bernstine has also visited Texas A&M and he's scheduled to visit in-state Iowa next weekend. Whether he takes a fifth trip or not, remains to be seen, but should he take it, he's leaning towards visiting Pittsburgh.

"I go to Iowa next weekend and that could be my last visit," said Bernstine. "I want to decide by Christmas."

So, after his UCLA visit, how do the schools stack up? "I'd say that Iowa is still my leader, but UCLA is right up there now, too. My uncle went out there with me to UCLA. My family would like me to stay close to home, but if its best for me to go out of state, they'll support me."

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