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Jarrick Bernard Breaks Down Oklahoma State Commitment



Louisiana safety Jarrick Bernard committed to Oklahoma State on Saturday, picking the Cowboys over more than a dozen listed offers from big names like Arkansas, Arizona State, Memphis, Texas Tech and others. He broke down his commitment in an interview and explained what stuck out about OSU and why he made the big move.

“I went on an unofficial visit yesterday, and that’s what really sold me,” Bernard told PFB. “I just liked how the coaches connected with me and how they emphasized the importance of family, because that’s what my high school coach stresses a lot. So they really connected with what I’m used to and made it a comfortable experience for me.”

As Hayden Barber noted this weekend, Bernard is the sixth safety to commit to OSU in the previous two classes. And at 6-foot-2, 200-pounds, he’s the tallest to join the fold just behind 6-foot-1 Tre Sterling, a 2017 signee.

OSU loves its versatile athletes, which is why the coaches made the offer to Bernard several weeks ago. He says Dan Hammerschmidt, the secondary coach, has been on his trail since then. The relationship with Hammerschmidt and the comfort level with the coaching staff after the visit was all he needed to make the call.

“He’s real cool,” Bernard said of Hammerschmidt, who will be his future secondary coach. “I really feel like he’s going to lead me in the right direction.”

It’s no secret OSU has been on the hunt to proactively replace the production of Jordan Sterns and eventually of Tre Flowers, and on paper, Bernard is a match for the system. He is a rangy athlete who should be able to roam freely in the secondary. With all the physical tools readily available and high school production to match, Bernard has a chance to make a Tre Flowers-like impact on the back end of the defense for a long time as a Cowboy. But right now, he’s focused on the task at hand as a senior at Evangel Christian.

“We’re looking really good,” he said. “We won state last year, so right now I’m just focused on going back-to-back.”

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