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Gio Bernard will head to Notre Dame

From the moment he walked on campus, Gio Bernard knew that Notre Dame was the place he wanted to be.

Great education, growing football program and rich history unlike any other in collegiate football.

On Monday, a week after returning from South Bend and a thrilling game between the Fighting Irish and USC, the 5-9, 200-pounder made his announcement.

"Notre Dame is the perfect fit for me," Bernard said. "The education, the alumni and the entire college atmosphere. I am excited about the opportunity."

From his days as a youth football standout in Boca Raton, Bernard was a player everyone wanted to get a look at. The brother of former Oregon State and Boca Raton High standout, Yvenson Bernard, Gio had carved out his own impressive career.

This has been a rough year for Bernard. Injured prior to the nationally-televised game against Byrnes, S.C., he has sat out the last three games and his return to the lineup for the Raiders is a week-to-week thing.

"That game against Byrnes was very frustrating for me because I was not even close to 50 percent," Bernard said. "I won't come back until I am full healed and I hope that is soon, but something like this you cannot rush."

In addition to Notre Dame, Bernard was also being heavily recruited by Alabama, Tennessee, Florida, FSU, Miami Nebraska and Oergon State.

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