One of the more interesting recruitments on the West Coast this year has been that of Tucson (Ariz.) Ironwood Ridge offensive tackle Daniel Borg. The 6'6" lineman has amassed a nice list of offers in the Pac-10 and abroad, and among those schools he has started to delineate his favorites. When we first reported on Borg in the winter, Stanford had one advantage in its corner with the recruit's older sister as a freshman on The Farm. But it was the slimmest of margins, which quickly faded as other schools made offers and leapt ahead. The top school that gripped Borg in the early spring was Nebraska, but today they are off his list after his experience camping in Lincoln. There have been many different leaders and several impactful events in this recruitment already.
"I really like Arizona and Washington. They are probably my top two right now," the Tucson tackle declares. "Then I'm looking at Stanford and Oregon State, and they're the only other schools I'm really considering in the Pac-10 right now. Three schools I haven't seen yet and would like to take officials to visit are Utah, Northwestern and Notre Dame. They have offered me but I don't know much about them right now."
Borg goes on to clarify that he will not necessarily take official visits to all three of those mentioned schools, but they are each in contention for one or maybe two of his paid trips. As to his overall visit and commitment schedule, that is up in the air.
"Things are unclear right now, and as time goes on, I hope it will become more clear," he allows. "I'm all over the place right now. I want to stay as open as possible."
All the aforementioned schools have made scholarship offers to Borg, but that is not to say that he is leaving all offer schools on his consideration list. There are four such schools which are off his radar currently:
Arizona State - "If I stay in state, I will probably just go to UA."
Nebraska - "I really didn't like Nebraska when I camped there. I just didn't feel a fit for me, or that they had academically what I wanted. They have great football and a great fanbase, but it just isn't for me."
While the camp experience at Nebraska turned him off, and the ASU camp did not do anything special for him, he did partake in camps at two Pac-10 schools this summer that have him jazzed. Arizona and Washington are highest on his list because of his interactions with the coaches at those two programs, as well as the players. The hometown Wildcats in particular have had a number of unofficial interactions with Borg on their campus, which puts them in a position of strength.
"I've been around UA a lot the last few months," Borg explains. "And the coaches have gotten to know me real well. I want to find a place where I feel comfortable with the players and coaches, and I feel that so far with [Arizona]."
Though his top two leaders are the Cats and Dawgs, this recruit wants to see how both teams fare this fall. The new Mike Stoops regime in Tucson has said and done all the right things this off-season, but Arizona has yet to play any football under the new young head coach. Up in Seattle, questions and concerns abound surrounding the UW. Borg wants to see if Keith Gilbertson will sink or swim.
"I need to see if Washington gets put on probation or not, and if the coach gets fired," the recruit offers.
Unsurprisingly, Stanford will be another school Borg watches closely this fall. Should they falter, they would have little chance to climb his favorites list. However, they have room to surprise and then surpass his top two.
"I really want to see what happens with their season," he comments on the Cardinal. "I've been out there and like the school. They are young on the O-line and young all over the place. They should get better. I like Coach Teevens and Coach Morton, and it's a great school. I just have to see if they have a lot better year."
Borg has been to The Farm before and came out again in late May for the Stanford Nike Camp, where he was recognized as one of the top linemen at the largest combine in the country. He stuck around for Stanford's Junior Day the following day, but came away luke warm on the Card.
"There wasn't much positive or negative that came out of it," Borg relates. "I really liked talking with Coach Teevens and Coach Morton, but it just didn't excite me as much as some of the other schools. Stanford just might not fit me like UA or Washington."
Those are ominous words for Cardinal fans. So should they cross this Tucson tackle off their offensive tackle recruiting list?
"Stanford is not out of it at all," Borg cautions. "If they were, I wouldn't be working on this application right now."
One reasonable litmus test through the years for Stanford recruiting has indeed been the admissions application. Those who fail to fill out the forms and don't take the time to write the requisite essays have a clear disinterest in the Cardinal. But for Borg to spend his time during his summer to do the work, there are likely some embers still glowing. If he can successfully gain admission to The Farm, and if the Card can show themselves well on the field this fall, we will see if a fire can still burn on this front.
Daniel Borg currently holds a 4.06 GPA at Ironwood Ridge High School and has scored 1180 on the SAT.
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