Local Running Back Taking His Time

Herriman (UT) running back Francis Bernard has one offer and is looking for more...

Francis Bernard was one of the top running backs in the state of Utah in 2011, and already has one local offer to his credit from a non-BCS school. His recruitment is picking up and the 6-0, 209 pounder out of Herriman High is receiving interest from BCS Conference programs all over the country.

"My recruitment is going pretty good and getting better. A lot of schools are starting to show interest. So far I'm hearing from Utah State, Utah, BYU, Purdue, Nebraska, Stanford, and Oregon."

Bernard has one offer to this point from a local school and they're leading for his services by default.

"I have one offer from BYU. BYU is the only school I've really seen so they're at the top right now. I'm going to go see Boise State so we'll see how that goes."

While BYU has already thrown their hat in the ring, Utah is keeping tabs on Bernard while he hears about the Utes from other local prospects.

"I've been hearing a lot about Utah. They've been doing a pretty good job in the Pac 12. One of my good friends is Lowell Lotulelei and he keeps telling me how it's big time football because it's in the Pac 12. I talked to the coaches during the season and they want me to come out for junior day."

Bernard is going to take his time in making a decision while trying to find out which schools suits him best.

"The main thing for me is schooling. I'm not sure what I want to major in yet, but I'm hoping that whatever school I choose I can find something that works for me and I can do well in, but I'll probably wait until signing day to make a decision."

Herriman, who is LDS, plans on serving a mission at some point after graduating high school.

"I've thought about going as soon as I can, but time will tell what happens."

Before he can think about a mission, he'll have to make his college choicce, and he'd like to explore options all over the country.

"I'd like to go out of state if I do pick up a couple of offers from schools outside of Utah. I'd like to visit Nebraska. They have a couple of LDS players and guys that I know like Jared Afalava, who is one of my best friends. I'd also like to see how the program at Auburn and LSU are."

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