June 14, 2006

Pitt offers Iowa safety

Combine results are often disregarded as being more representative of so-called "track skills" than they are of "football skills." While there's some merit to that notion, a player's performance in the 40-yard dash, the vertical leap, the pro shuttle, and other combine events are frequently a good indicator of his ability to make plays on the football field. While combine and camp numbers shouldn't be all that's evaluated when considering a prospect's potential, those figures are generally a good reference.

For Lincoln High School (Des Moines, Iowa) safety Jordan Bernstine, the camp numbers are more than just a reference point: they're downright eye-catching.

Bernstine spoke with the Pantherlair recently and said that he typically runs the 40 in the low 4.4's and chalked his Nike performance up to "a good start."

"I got a written offer from Pittsburgh last week," Bernstine told the Pantherlair. "That puts me up to 12 official offers, and I've still got a bunch of schools looking at me. USC, Notre Dame, Tennessee, and Ohio State are all recruiting me. They're still evaluating me, but they said they like what they've seen so far and I could get an offer from any of those schools."

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