Chandler (Ariz.) has several talented players on it's roster and will send at least three schools to high Div I colleges next February. One of those players is defensive back Harold Bernard who just picked up first offer on Wednesday.
Bernard, 6-1, 175 pounds is one of the most versatile defensive backs in the state and has the ability to play corner or safety at the next level.
"I played both positions last year and right now, most colleges are recruiting me as an athlete who could play either spot,"Bernard said. "Where I played depended on the matchups. If we played a team with a good receiver, I played more corner, otherwise, I played more safety."
Bernard finished the year with 55 tackles and two picks, rushed for 379 yards and four touchdowns and returned two kicks for scores as well.
On the recruiting front, his first offer came on Wednesday out of the Pac 10.
"Oregon State offered me," Bernard said. "I talked with Coach Riley a couple of weeks ago and he told me they liked me a lot. Then today, I was talking with Coach Cavanaugh and he told they were offering me a scholarship.
"I was really excited. Oregon State was one of my top schools even before I got the offer and they're a co-leader right now with Stanford. It always feels good to get that first offer out of the way and I'm just looking forward to seeing who else offers me now.
"I'm also hearing from BYU, Georgia Tech, Arizona State, Nebraska, Colorado, Stanford and a lot of the Ivy League schools. Like I said, Stanford and Oregon State are my co-leaders followed by Colorado, Cal, UCLA and Nebraska.
"This weekend, I'll be going to the NIKE Camp at Stanford. I'm also going to ASU's Junior Day but I don't know about the rest of my camp plans right now. I want to take my time with the process, take some trips and then commit later on after I've seen some more schools."