Oklahoma State got some good news just a few minutes ago, as Louisiana safety Jarrick Bernard committed to the Cowboys via his twitter account. Oklahoma State is the latest Big 12 team to go into Louisiana for a commitment, along with Kansas and TCU. Bernard is the 13th player to join Oklahoma State’s 2018 class, and the third safety, along with Kolby Peel and Kanion Williams. His commitment comes as a bit of a surprise, but it’s certainly a welcome one for Mike Gundy and his staff, because they absolutely love Jarrick’s game, and what he can bring to Stillwater.
"To God Be The Glory" pic.twitter.com/4tKdevaENy
— Jarrick T. Bernard (@JBernard_28) June 3, 2017
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As previously stated, this commitment is a bit of a surprise. Bernard was widely thought of as being a “wait and see” kind of player, but Oklahoma State’s staff obviously thinks highly enough of him to accept a commitment at this point. He doesn’t have a profile on any of the major recruiting sites, other than Rivals, and to this point, has flown under the radar. He’ll sure pick up a lot more attention following his commitment, as most recruits do, and just because he’s flown under the radar to this point is no cause for concern from Oklahoma State fans.
Bernard picked the Cowboys over interest from a number of power five schools, including Arizona State, Arkansas, Kansas State and Texas Tech.
On the field, it’s easy to see why Oklahoma State wanted Jarrick to be a Cowboy. He has great size for a safety, as well as excellent speed, and a knack for reading the quarterback. He’s a smart kid, both on and off the field, and has the instincts that you love to see in a safety. It’s safe to say that he’s better in coverage than he is in rush defense, but that doesn’t mean he’s unable, or unwilling to tackle. With a bit more muscle, and practice with pursuit angles, Bernard has the natural coverage skills and instincts to be an extremely well-rounded safety at the next level. His ceiling comparison is New England’s Duron Harmon.