Hot Prospect: Harold Bernard

Safety Harold Bernard from Chandler HS (Chandler, AZ) has quietly piled up a nice stack of offers including three from Pac 10 programs. Check out who his favorites are inside…

Chandler's Harold Bernard may have been overshadowed by teammates Dion Jordan and Marc Anthony early on in the recruiting process but that no longer is true. Oregon State awoke a sleeping giant when they offered the 6-1 180 pounder and now several schools have followed suit and extended offers, two of the schools also being Pac 10 programs.


Bernard played all over the field last season for the Wolves. He saw time at running back, safety, corner and was an all region return man as well as being a terror on kick off coverage. Last year he recorded 55 tackles, 2 INTs and 1 sack on defense and rushed for 379 yards and 4 TDs on just 32 carries on offense. He says that Chandler head coach Jim Ewan will play him in much of the same capacity this year. "I will get time at halfback, safety and corner if needed" he states.  He says most schools are recruiting him as a safety.


Bernard now holds offers from Oregon State, Oregon, Stanford, Colorado State, San Diego State, Nevada, Air Force and Wyoming. When asked about his favorites he says, "Everyone is even but I am really feeling my Pac 10 offers."


On Oregon State


"They were the first to offer. I've got love for them. I like the staff. I like Coach Riley and Coach Cavanaugh."


On Stanford


"My family likes Stanford. That is where they want me to go. I am still looking though."


On Oregon


"That is big time football. I like the organization."


It seems that the Pac 10 programs have the early lead for Bernard's services but he says he is still looking into his other offers.


This summer Bernard has camped at Arizona State, Northern Arizona and attended the Nike Camp at Stanford. He says he is considering taking some unofficial visits but has not set anything up at this point.


When asked about his time frame for committing he says, "I want to take all five of my visits. I want to get a feel of the top schools. I need to make sure that pick the right school." He also stated that he has no plans of committing soon. He was also asked if he might commit on his visit, "I want to check them out on my visits and weigh the positives and negatives" Bernard states. "If it really fits, maybe, but not likely."

Bernard is solid in the classroom, he reports a 3.7 cumulative grade point average including a 4.0 this past semester. He scored a 1600 on his SAT and 1120 in the math and verbal sections.

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