May 21, 2013

Bama offer flattering, but Bernard true to Texas

When you commit to a program like Texas, other programs start to take notice. When you turn heads on the camp scene during the spring, even more programs start to take notice. Sharpstown standout receiver Roderick Bernard was almost an unknown before committing to the Longhorns, and now he's becoming a household name.

"He's doing well," said Sharpstown head coach Dallas Blacklock about Bernard this spring. "Right now we know with Roderick's recent publicity that a lot of people are going to try to figure out ways to take him out of the game, double-team him and that stuff. Our goal right now is to find different and creative ways to get him the football. This year we're going to put him on more punt return this year. He's already on kickoff return team. We're definitely going to have to move him around. And I think that's how Texas wants to use him. I don't think anyone in Houston can man up on him. He's strong enough to where you can't really jam him and then one step and he's gone."

Each time he takes the field next season, the opposition is going to know who he is and not to limit what he does with the football as much as possible. And unlike last season, he'll take the field as a Texas commitment. However, the Longhorns aren't the only ones stopping by Houston to see Bernard, and he recently picked up a huge offer.

"He was excited about Alabama because it came just as sudden as the offer from Texas did," Blacklock said about Bernard getting an offer from the Crimson Tide. "I got a phone call one day and two days later there was an offer. I talked to coach Saban and so did Roderick for about 15 minutes on the phone and he told him he wanted to offer him. Coach (Doug) Nussmeier being the offensive coordinator came down recently and explained to me how they'd use him and it was a good plan."

So, what was Bernard's reaction to the offer?

"He told him that he's really strong to Texas but he appreciated the offer," said Blacklock. "We're excited about the recruiting process but make no mistake about it, he's a Horn through and through. That's one of the things I told him is that you're going to get many more offers but it's not going to get much bigger than Texas. When they (other coaches) see how strong of a commitment he is to Texas they tell me, 'Man coach, I don't think we can get him.' I was joking with him about that the other day."

There are programs that aren't bothered by the fact that Bernard is committed to Texas including one rival program that even shared the practice field the same day Texas was there.

"OU told me straight up they're not scared of Texas," Blacklock said. "That's the only one that's said [something like] that to me. I had OU and Texas on the practice field at the same time. That was pretty funny. They were trying to compete to be the last ones off the practice field that day. It was funny to watch."

In addition to Alabama, a lot of colleges have stopped by recently including TCU, Oklahoma, Tulsa, Houston, SMU, Boise State, and others. Recently, the Horns stopped by and should be stopping by again soon to get a look at their incredibly fast 2014 commit.

"Coach Giles came down recently and I think coach (Darrell) Wyatt is coming by today," said Blacklock Tuesday afternoon.

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