Borg: 'It's the place for me'

The Arizona recruiting roll continues. A night after getting a pair of commitments, the Wildcats land their second local product. Tucsonan Daniel Borg did a complete 180 and pledged to the Wildcats.

Borg originally wanted to wait awhile before committing, but felt now was the right time to join the fold. At first he wanted to see how the early part of the season went, but with the success of recruiting it became apparent that the new Wildcat staff was on the right track.

This past week I've been putting in a lot of thought into committing," Borg said. "I talked it over with my parents and we all thought it was a good decision.

"I was originally waiting toward the end of the season, but it just came to me. I realized that it's the place for me."

Borg was also aware that the Cats' 2005 recruiting class was fast filling up. In fact, after recent commitments from Jordan Lowe and Blake Kerley, the Cats were only going to take one more offensive lineman.

"I knew I shouldn't wait around," Borg said. "They are getting recruits and the class is coming together. That pushed me over the edge."

Borg was recruited by Mike Stoops and offensive line coach Eric Wolford. Borg informed the Wildcats' head man himself that he was joining the family.

"He seemed real excited," Borg said. "He was excited for me. Everything is really good."

Another person who may be excited for Borg is Wildcat quarterback recruit Willie Tuitama. Tuitama called his future protector and tried to convince Daniel to join him at Arizona.

Borg admits that he does not really know what his role will be next year. He has no problem redshirting as long as the future holds opportunity.

"If I need to redshirt that is fine," he explained. "I just hope after that I'll get some playing time."

Borg was also really considering Washington where former teammate Tyler Pelleur's father Scott is an assistant coach. Oregon State, Northwestern and Notre Dame were also in the picture, but had a ton of ground to make up.

Borg visited Seattle last month and enjoyed his trip, but not enough to push the Huskies in front of the home-town Wildcats. Borg was on hand at the team's Saturday scrimmage and met with in-state commitments Xavier Smith, Jordan Lowe and Terry Longbons.

He's also the fifth local product that Stoops has added in the past eight months. Cienega's Brandon Lopez signed in February and they picked up two local preps who played last season at Pima. Both Brad Wood (Sabino) and Aaron Butler (Catalina) joined the team last week. Smith will play his senior season at defending 4-A state champion Sunnyside before becoming a Wildcat.

Borg was featured in the August issue of Cat Tracks Magazine as part of the Old Pueblo Preps special insert. Individual copies are available by calling (520) 327-0705.

All photos by Carl F. Shifflette III

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