Pittsburgh played host to one of the top safeties in the country this weekend in Rivals100 prospect Jordan Bernstine. The Des Moines (Iowa) Lincoln native enjoyed the trip to the Steel City, but was it enough to overtake his leader Iowa.
"The trip went fine," he said. "I got to talk to coach Wannstedt in person and see what it's like there. There were a lot of things I didn't know about Pittsburgh like all the players they have in the NFL and it left a pretty good impression on me."
What did the 5-foot-10, 200-pounder do at Pittsburgh?
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"I got a chance to tour the campus, see all the facilities, meet with academic advisors and eat out," he said. "It was a good time. I also hung out with my host, Eric Thatcher. He plays safety just like me and I got a chance to talk to him about their defense and the coaches there."
Of course the main part of the trip for Bernstine was the coaches.
"I got to talk to almost all of them including coach Rhoads and Wannstedt. They mostly joked around with me and just allowed me to have a good time," he said. "My meeting with coach Wannstedt was pretty cool. He's a good guy and just talked a lot about how many safeties they have, how many they are taking this year and general stuff about the program. He did talk about playing time and basically said that if I come in and work hard, I would get a spot."
So, did the visit overtake his in-state leader?
"I'd rate the trip a seven," he said. "The trip didn't jump them up to No. 1 or anything. They are staying right where they were. I had a good time and it was nice to see the facilities. I wish I could have seen the college life more because everyone had already left for break."
Currently, Iowa is still the four-star prospect's leader.
"I like them because they have a good football program and I've got a great relationship with most of the coaches there," he said. "Also, my mom likes it a lot and so do I.
"I think there's a possibility someone could still jump them. I've got to just sit down and make my decision."
As far as a decision goes, Bernstine hopes to do it in the next couple weeks.
"My target date is by Christmas. Hopefully I'll be able to do it in the next week otherwise I'd like to get it done no later than New Year's."