June 15, 2009
Elite RB talks Tide
Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide are always on the look out for another elite running back and there are few backs in the 2010 recruiting class that have received more attention than Fort Lauderdale (FL) St. Thomas Aquinas star Giovanni Bernard. With over 20 offers from major programs all over the country, the 5-foot-9, 198-pound back has plenty of potential college destinations to choose from and now may be getting closer to narrowing his list.
"I'm getting close to naming a final group," said Bernard, rated the nation's No. 13 running back. "I'm already starting to narrow it down in my mind, though I'm not ready to make it public yet. I plan to have it down to 10 schools by the end of the summer and down to six by the start of the season."
In the meantime Bernard, who rushing for 1,528 yards and 18 touchdowns on 160 carries as a junior, is preparing to make a pair of camp visits to two SEC schools in contention for his signature.
"I'm going to Alabama's camp in July and I'm really looking forward to that. I haven't been to their campus yet but I feel like I already know so much about Alabama. Their tradition, the way they use their running backs in their offense, the things they did last year and of course that coaching staff. It gives you goosebumps. It actually reminds me a lot of St. Thomas and the way we do things here."
"I've got a really good relationship with Coach (Bobby) Williams at Alabama and he's told me they really like my versatility, my quickness and the way I explode through the hole. I'm trying hard not to get a big head about it because I know I can get better if I continue to work hard."
"I'm also going to Tennessee's camp next week but I will just be there unofficially to visit."
After narrowing his list later this summer, Bernard said he will then choose the destinations of his official visits.
"I really want to take all my officials and get a really clear picture of every school. I also want to look at what they do this season and sort of consider where each team is going in the future. That's important to me."
Bernard runs a 4.5 forty-yard dash and a 4.22 shuttle time.
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