2021 South Miami Senior Cobra Running Back Jacoby Bernadin is looking to break out as a junior and allow his film to speak for itself.
Bernadin finished the 2018 season rushing for 997 yards (10.7 yards per carry) on 93 carries. He caught five passes for 185 yards and found the end-zone a total of nine times. The South Miami Senior Cobras of Miami, Florida, went 8-3 (6-2 District 7A-16).
Jacoby Bernadin started playing football when he was in the second grade with his closest friends and that’s when his love for the game began to blossom. He was inspired by his brother, Jamar Thompkins, to play the game. After Bernadin’s first two seasons with the Cobras, he realized that there’s always something new to learn and you have to be patient in order to get better. Thompkins helps him with speed and cutting drills.
Thompkins is a running back for the Valdosta State Blazers. He carried the ball 137 times for 1,339 yards (9.7 yards per carry) and nine touchdowns in 2018.
The Blazers won an NCAA Division II national championship after they beat the Ferris State Bulldogs 49-47 to cap off an undefeated 14-0 season. They went 8-0 in the Gulf South Conference as well.
“I play the game for my mom and dad because my mom told me she [saw] a future in me. My dad couldn’t play sports back when he was younger [because] my grandfather didn’t let him,” Bernadin said.
Jacoby Bernadin knew he could play football in the sixth grade when he won a championship for the first time. His team was able to win three championships in a row.
“The toughest thing I had to overcome was [learning] you can’t win every game.”
As far as what the outlook on his recruiting process is, he just wants to do well the rest of his high school career, make his teammates better and become the best leader he can be to elevate their game.
On film, Jacoby Bernadin, runs the ball in long strides and carries the ball high and into his chest which is always good for ball security. He is able to burst through holes nicely and in open space, he makes defenders miss with his elusiveness and has the speed to run away from them and score. At the next level, he’s a guy that will bring hard work and he won’t quit no matter what. Check out his sophomore highlights.
The 5’11, 170 pound, junior and Miami, Florida, native has received three scholarship offers from Florida Atlantic University, Southern Miss and Valdosta State. At the moment, he has high interest in Florida Atlantic because they made him believe he could become a Division I athlete.
When he takes his visits to schools during his recruiting process, he’ll be focused on figuring out which programs give him a sense of brotherhood. In the classroom, he’s looking to study space and science because space amazes him.
“We’ve introduced Jacoby to over 60 programs since the end of last season. [They] all love what they see on film. He has get off speed and breakaway speed, does an excellent job of switching the ball on the run. His cut and go ability is rare. He also has a long stride that you don’t see very often. Coaches also complement his vision. The most fun observation has been how he can make busted plays look amazing,” South Miami Senior Cobras Head Football Coach Rick Munne said.
On what his first impressions of Bernadin were, Munne noted that he was always mature for his age. A quiet young man who came in and performed when his name was called. He was sharing the running back load with two veterans as a freshman and as that season progressed, the coaching staff gave him more responsibility.
“This past season [of his] sophomore year he was our premiere back. He hit the weight room hard, put on a bunch of weight, and became more of a vocal leader. There was one play, after running for a big [gain] of 30+ yards, met a group of defenders and still leaped over them to fight for extra yards. That play alone says a lot about his passion, his character, and showed he had guts.”
Munne recalled the moment when he knew that Bernadin was going to be a solid starter for the Cobras at running back. His freshman year in the second game of the season against the Doral Academy Firebirds, the one bright spot on offense in the 44-0 loss was watching Bernadin hit the holes on power scheme runs breaking them open for big gains.
“Jacoby has shown consistent growth in the weight room. He is now weighing near 170 pounds. No one outworks him in the weight room. He is a goal-oriented young man, and when he sets his mind to something, he will achieve it. So I do see him putting on a few more pounds this offseason,” Munne said about what he wants to see out of him as a junior.
Munne doesn’t want or need Bernadin to change anything because he does all the right things and will continue to mature and make a name for himself.
“Once he goes off to college, we’re going to miss him. The energy he brings to the program. The calm, cool, collected demeanor and the hustle. He’s the guy you say ‘Man, I wish we had more guys like him.’”