Houston Sharpstown athlete Roderick Bernard was just starting to see attention pick up from colleges. The 5-foot-9, 175-pound junior’s tape has been making the rounds and schools have shown interest in the speedster.
Roderick Bernard committed to Texas to play slot receiver.
On Wednesday, however, he decided to end the recruiting process almost before it even started when he made a pledge to a Big 12 program.
“I committed to Texas today. I’m a Longhorn,” Bernard said on Wednesday evening.
It did not take Bernard long to decide he wanted to pledge to Texas.
“It all happened so fast,” he said. “I didn’t even know they had come down but they came down to my school. I didn’t know they were here but my coach talked to me afterward.
“He told me that UT came down to see me. I told him I couldn’t wait to be there. If they gave me an offer I would take it. That’s when my coach told me they offered me.”
Bernard ended up calling the Texas staff and letting them know of his intentions to commit to the Longhorns.
“I talked to coach (Darrell) Wyatt,” he said. “He said he saw my film and he liked it a lot. He said he saw I had the ability to make a lot of moves and I told him, ‘Yes sir, I’ve been working hard on that.’”
Bernard actually had been thinking about Texas before he ever knew he was on the radar.
“Recently I had been looking at UT a lot,” he said. “I was really interested in going there. I had seen some guys there that reminded me of myself so I wanted to be a part of that. I felt that connection with UT.”
A two-way standout in high school, Texas wants Bernard on the offensive side of the ball.
“They’re recruiting me as a slot receiver,” he said. “They like my speed in the slot.”
This past season Bernard was a first-team all-district selection as an athlete and a defensive back and was a second-team pick as a wide receiver. He caught 34 passes for 790 yards and nine touchdowns and added two more scores rushing. He also intercepted two passes on defense.
Bernard is commitment No. 7 for Texas in the class of 2014.