Posted: 11:53 am Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

Football: RB Zander Bernard leaves Park Vista to join Boynton Beach 

By Anthony Chiang

Running back Chauncey Mason left Park Vista to enroll at Boynton Beach in March, and Zander Bernard plans on doing the same.

Zander Bernard (left) intends to play for Boynton Beach next season. (Photo by Richard Graulich)

Zander Bernard (left) intends to play for Boynton Beach next season. (Photo by Richard Graulich)

Bernard informed the Palm Beach Post he has transferred out of Park Vista and will enroll at Boynton Beach this week. The running back will join an already dangerous Tigers offense, which features dual-threat quarterback Lamar Jackson, wide receiver Donte Sylencieux and Mason.

“I’m excited,” Bernard said. “I talked it over with my family and they agreed this is the best decision for me. This is my senior year and I want to make the most of it.”

According to Bernard, he moved in with his father’s best friend, who became his legal guardian, to facilitate the transfer.

Bernard, who will be a senior in the fall, was expected to be the star of Park Vista’s offense this season. The 5-foot-7 back, who is listed as the 24th-best prospect on the PBgametime.com Class of 2015 Big Board, is the cousin of NFL running back Giovani Bernard.

The news does not come at a good time for the Cobras, which have now lost Mason, Bernard, linebacker Elijah Howard (American Heritage) and right tackle Tito Hamilton (American Heritage) to transfers this offseason.

According to Cobras head coach Brian Dodds, Bernard wanted to transfer out of Park Vista after this past season ended, but he was persuaded by Dodds to stay.

“I feel bad for Zander because he was in line to be a captain and our top running back, but now he can’t complete that,” Dodds said. “It’s too bad.”

Bernard said he expects to be used as a slot receiver and running back at Boynton Beach. The Tigers finished with a 9-2 record last season, falling to eventual Class 6A state champion, Miami Central, in the regional quarterfinals.

“It was really, really tough,” Bernard said of telling Dodds of his decision. “He was mad, but he wasn’t that mad at me. He was more disappointed. But I have to do what I have to do.”

8 comments
Armistice
Armistice

It is So sad that high school football teams are not truly representing their communities and are being built now with easier free agency . Coaches don't even really need to recruit anymore the kids can do it for them. Lord help the coach who doesn't cater to individual player and parent Or has high standards .

Reality is these transfers are purely football related and have nothing to do with the receiving schools academic quality or standards. Boynton High is not doing well academically . If you look at FCAT EOC test scores, SAT passing rates etc. BBBHS is in the bottom fourth of test scores in the county. They got an A grade last year only because they had so many level 1 and 2 kids show slight improvement. Scores dropped this year and they will be lucky to get a C because politicians help state inflate school grades.

BubbaTee
BubbaTee

I thought only Dwyer recruited? I guess that theory is out the window. 

JayF8ch62
JayF8ch62

This transfer is wrong on many levels!  The worst wrong is the legal manipulation by the kid's parents giving up their "legal guardianship" of their child to a non-blood relative so their kid could transfer schools to play for a potentially very successful high school football team!  The PBC School District, FHSAA, and the Legal System are dead wrong to allow this kid to transfer schools!  This all about winning!  It is morally wrong!  Shame on his parents for doing this and allowing it!

pbpostfan
pbpostfan

I can't blame the parents for sending their child to a school that THEY feel is best for academics or athletics.

BUT ITS THE PARENTS DECISION, not the player. My issues is head coach, you are constantly holding grudges against other schools about players leaving your school, saying one recruited your player from a trillion years ago.That was the decision of those players parents. Now you are in the same boat, and we could think the same of you. But we will not as its not about you, and you have no control on where the parents decide to send their kids....so let it go. Good Luck Zander.

footballfan84
footballfan84

@pbpostfan sounds like if anyone is holding on to the past it's you pbpostfan.


Its a bit ridiculous that parents are giving up legal guardianship so their kids can transfer so they can "get recruited" for college.  What people don't understand is that college coaches will find you if you're good.  I mean if Forest Hill can get D1 scholarships that should tell you College Coaches look everywhere for players.  If you're not getting em, maybe you're not a D1 player, or maybe you should get in the classroom and qualify!

pbpostfan
pbpostfan

@footballfan84 No I am not holding on to the past  but Swain is as he is STILL saying in the present , he is worried about his players getting recruited because  players leaving Boynton years ago. I  know the players who have left the school, that he is referring to, and they left the school because their parents wanted them to for what ever reason. Everyone wants to say other coaches recruit their kids or  this and that, when the people you need to be upset with or have an issue with are the parents. They sign the paperwork, they move or give guardianship (as you say), not the coaches. No one can't control what parents do with their kids, but its not fair for coaches to blame other coaches or schools for parents decisions. Just like Park Vista can't say Swain recruited Zander or any other player who transferred in. Anyone who goes to Boynton, wanted to go there on their own free will.  Boynton is doing well academically and with football. Kudos to them.


I do understand what you mean by the extreme parents will go through to put their kids on a winning team, or to be recruited, hell some even held their kids back, but what can we do. 


footballfan84
footballfan84

@pbpostfan  I understand what you mean.  I originally thought you were talking about PV's coach, not swain.  Your original comments make more sense to me now.


Seems to me like high school football has become more loose than the NFL Free Agency wise!

pbpostfan
pbpostfan

@footballfan84 @pbpostfan  No not referencing Park Vista's coach, but I know and can understand Park Vista's coaches maybe feeling some type of way because a few of their players are leaving or have left. I dont believe Swain had anything to do with their decision, but people will think that. They are not the first and will not be the last These players parents, for what ever reason,felt Boynton would be the better school. I wish them all the best......as its about whats best for the kids, not parents, coaches, schools. Sometimes we forget that. I hope Park Vista still has a great system, will have to work with what you have or just rebuild.