BYU's already-sizeable 2013 football recruiting class continues to change.
Francis Bernard, a 6-foot-, 215-pound running back and safety from Herriman High, in the southwest portion of the Salt Lake Valley, told me today that he has committed to play football for BYU. Bernard said he committed to coach Bronco Mendenhall by telephone last Friday.
"I committed just because it felt right," he said.
Bernard turns 18 in April and said he will go on an LDS Church mission this summer after he graduates from Herriman. He plans to begin playing for the Cougars in 2015.
He said he could have opted to play right away, and would have received a scholarship if he chose that route, but decided to take advantage of the new minimum age of 18 for missionaries and get out in the mission field right away.
News of Bernard's commitment comes a day after the Cougars learned that Bingham High receiver Hayden Weichers, who pledged last summer, has decommitted and now plans to sign with Utah State.
Coincidentally, Bernard said his only other offer came from Utah State. He drew some interest from the school that has been his favorite growing up, Utah, but no offer.
"I've never really been a big BYU fan, although I've been a fan of some of their running backs over the years," Bernard said. "This is just how it worked out and where I felt I needed to go."
Bernard has started all three years of Herriman's existence. He rushed for 822 yards (8.2 ypc.) and 15 touchdowns in nine games this past season, while catching six passes for 107 yards and a TD.
As a safety, he recorded 24 tackles and four interceptions (two of which he returned for touchdowns). He also returned a punt for a touchdown.
In his career, Bernard rushed for 3,123 yards and 45 touchdowns, caught 39 passes for 504 yards and three TDs.
He had a total of 52 touchdowns in his career.
He also plays basketball and rugby for the Mustangs.
Here's an updated list of BYU's Class of 2013 Commitments:
Keegan Hicks, 6-3, 280 OL from South Jordan, Utah (Bingham High School)
Trajan Pili, 6-2, 200 LB from Las Vegas (Centennial High School)
Dallin Leavitt, 5-11, 196 Safety from Portland, Ore. (Central Catholic High School)
Moroni Laulu-Pututau, 6-4, 190, TE from Hyrum, Utah (Mountain Crest High School)
Talon Shumway, 6-3, 190, WR from Highland, Utah (Lone Peak High School)
JonRyheem Peoples, 6-6, 300 OL from Rigby, Idaho (Rigby High School)
Maataua Brown, 6-5, 290, DT from Norwalk, Calif. (Cerritos Junior College)
Kalolo Manumaleuna Utu, 6-2, 250, LB from Compton, Calif. (Compton Junior College)
Nathan DeBeikes, 6-2, 196, LB from Thousand Oaks, Calif. (Thousand Oaks High School)
Johnny Tapasoa, 5-10, 190, Safety from Kahuku, Hawaii (Kahuku High School)
Addison Pulsipher, 6-5, 240, DE from Temecula, Calif. (Temecula Valley High School)
Billy Green, 6-2, 196, QB from Shoreline, Wash. (Christian King's High School)
Kai Nacua, 6-2, 200 LB from Las Vegas, Nev. (Liberty High School)
Patrick Palau, 5-11, 240 FB from Salt Lake City, Utah (East High School)
Garrett England, 6-3, 185 RB from Salt Lake City, Utah (Skyline High School)
Merrill Taliauli, 6-2, 305 DL from Salt Lake City, Utah (East High School)
Thomas Shoaf, 6-6, 265 OL from Columbus, Indiana (Columbus North High School)
Michael Davis, 6-2, 180 WR from Los Angeles, Calif. (Glendale High School)
Inoke Lotulelei, 5-8, 175 WR from Salt Lake City, Utah (Cottonwood High School)
Darrin Laufasa, 6-1, 220 RB from Bothell, Wash. (Bothell High School)
Tanner Shipley, 6-2, 185 WR from Wilsonville, Ore. (Wilsonville High School)
Claudell Louis 6-6, 270 DE from Visalia, Calif. (College of the Sequoias)
Jordan Preator, 6-0, 183 Safety from Plain City, Utah (Fremont High School)
Rylee Gautavai, 6-1, 200 linebacker from Bountiful, Utah (Bountiful High School)
Brayden Kearsley, 6-6, 250 OL from Portland, Ore. (Aloha High School)
Trenton Trammell, 5-11, 185 DB from Oakland, Calif. (City College of San Francisco)
Jonny Ragin, 6-3, 215 RB/LB from Wilsonville, Ore. (Wilsonville High School)
Sam Lee, 6-0, 180 CB from Gwynn Park, Md., (College of the Canyons)
Francis Bernard, 6-0, 215 RB from Herriman, Utah (Herriman High School)
Note: Kearsley has not decommitted, but there are reports that he has re-opened his recruitment to other schools and plans on taking some official visits.
Hayden Weichers, 6-0, 165 WR from South Jordan, Utah (Bingham High School) -- Committed to Utah State