Pearl River LB has plenty of early suitors

A JC linebacker that could step right in and play at the next level is Pearl River's Chris Bermond (6-1, 235). The talented prospect had a solid freshman campaign and that productivity, as well as his versatility, has garnered him quite a bit of early attention from some four-year schools...

Bermond enjoyed a very good prep career at two different high schools, but an injury to his right ankle as a senior caused him to go overlooked by four-year schools.

"I had a few schools looking at me -- Southern Miss, Arkansas State, North Texas -- schools like that, but I had a high ankle sprain and I couldn't practice at all and that interest sorta dried up," Bermond told "I knew I was going to need to go to a JC and Pearl River is one of the top programs in the country so I felt like coming here, if I did well, I'd have the chance to get noticed."

While being at a big-time JC program has helped him out, his productivity last year -- 71 tackles, eight tackles-for-loss and three sacks -- has gotten him a lot of attention as well.

"Right now I have Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Tennessee, Louisiana-Lafayette, Marshall, Minnesota and Southern Miss that are showing me interest," Bermond said. "My coaches have told me that Ole Miss, Southern Miss and a couple of other ones have said they want to offer me, but right now I'm not sure if those offers are official are not."

One of the reasons for all of the interest that Bermond is seeing is because of his versatility.

As a freshman this past season, Bermond started out playing the SAM (strongside) position, but then moved to the WIL (weakside) and finally settled into the MIK (middle) spot.

"I'm probably a better fit in the middle," Bermond said. "My instincts are my best attribute because I'm really good at reading and getting to the spot I need to get to.

"This summer I'm working on my hips a lot just to be more flexible so I can get into my pass-drops quicker. I want to be better in coverage this season so schools can see I can play anywhere."

Bermond is on pace to graduate in December and he will have three years to play two wherever he ends up.

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