June 2, 2008
Borland now on Badger radar
If Chris Borland decides to continue his education at the University of Wisconsin, a pat on the back may be in the line for the thousands of students that make up the Badger student section, a highlight of Camp Randall Stadium that appeals to the 2009 prospect from Kettering (OH) Archbishop Alter.
"My dad is from Madison and my grandfather went there," said Borland, a 6-foot, 213-pound outside linebacker. "I still have some family in Wisconsin and I just love every time we visit. But one of the big things (about Wisconsin) is the student section; it just seems like an unbelievable place to play."
Borland recently began talks with UW recruiting coordinator Randall McCray, who also coaches the outside linebackers in 2008 after handling the defensive line a season ago.
"Coach McCray and I have just started going back and forth, nothing really substantial," Borland said. "I sent them my information and they have my highlight video now. I'm going to send my transcripts to them, but I guess you could say it's still early in the process with Wisconsin."
Though he saw extensive time at running back as a junior, Borland said he is being recruited primarily as a linebacker.
"Yeah, I played a lot of running back my junior season but my coach thinks my game will translate better as a linebacker in college," said Borland, who plans on attending a Badger camp later this month. "All the schools I've been hearing from are recruiting me to play linebacker."
Those schools include Big Ten rivals Illinois, Iowa and Indiana.
"Actually, I just got off the phone with Illinois," Borland said. "Indiana and Iowa are some of the other Big Ten schools. I've been talking to Miami of Ohio a lot, as well as Ball State and Ohio University.
"I'm still waiting on that (a scholarship offer). I'll probably have to show up and perform well in camps because a lot of these schools have only seen me play on offense."
Borland is ranked as the No. 8 in-state outside linebacker by OhioVarsity.com and has a 4.6 40 time, 36-inch vertical, 350-pound bench press and 500-squat.
Wisconsin currently has offered just two (known) outside linebackers: Maalik Bomar and Conor O'Neill.
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