Borne talks about decision

Arizona received a commitment from Gerron Borne on Tuesday. read on to see why he made the decision, if the process is over, and more.

Mike Stoops, who has already received commitments from prospects in California, Oklahoma, Arizona, and Texas added a pledge from Louisiana to his 2012 recruiting haul on Tuesday when Reserve (La.) East St. John defensive tackle Gerron Borne gave a verbal commitment to the Wildcats; a decision that Borne himself is very pleased with.

"It feels really good to be an Arizona Wildcat," Borne said. "I feel really good, like there's a lot of weight off my shoulders going into my senior year before the season starts. It's a real load off my shoulders and it feels good to be a Wildcat."

The three-star prospectm who chose UA over offers from Memphis, Tennessee, Illinois, Pittsburgh, and Louisiana-Monroe, was able to make his commitment official due to all of the things that Arizona has going for it on and off the field.

"I've been thinking and I had my top three schools of Ole Miss, Pittsburgh, and Arizona," Borne said. "The things I like about Arizona are that they're coming up, and their defensive line coach (Joe Salave'a); he went there and then he played in the NFL. You can't pass up an opportunity like that, to learn from someone who played in the NFL.

"They just got three defensive linemen to the NFL, and coach Stoops is a really good coach and a defensive coach. He's someone I can really relate to. And also, I really like their engineering program, that's what really brought me there."

Garrett Chachere was the lead recruiter for Arizona for Borne's services, and he was understandably excited when the 51st ranked defensive tackle in the class of 2012 called to give him his pledge.

"Coach Chachere and I have a really good relationship," Borne said. "Since I committed, we'll be talking more frequently now. He was excited and he told me everyone in the building was jumping up and down."

Combined with his style of play, Borne's versatility is one of the many strengths of his game and is part of what makes him such an attractive prospect along the defensive line.

"I can fit in at either position, at defensive end or defensive tackle," Borne said. "I can play both positions, but I think I fit in really well with Arizona's defense. As a defensive tackle, my intensity, my presence of mind, my leadership, and my get off from my stance are my strengths."

While Borne is committed to Arizona, he insists that he is not finished with the recruiting process and will continue to give other schools a look.

"I'm going to take other visits," Borne said. "I'll visit Pittsburgh, Illinois, and Arizona for sure. I don't know what the other ones will be though.

"My commitment is solid for right now, but I'm still open to other schools. We'll see as the season goes along."

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