Borg Earning His Stripes

SAN ANTONIO - After a sluggish first practice, the West offensive line got it together and started to gel. That was no more evident than through the play of Daniel Borg, a 6-6, 280-pound tackle from Tucson (Ariz.) Ironwood Ridge. He came out swinging against Marcus Shavers - figuratively speaking - and had the All-American defensive end from Texas on tilt all day Tuesday.

But that's what you'd expect from a Gatorade state Player of the Year, one of thirteen linemen named nationally. Borg was also named to the Arizona Republic's all-state team and earned all-state 4A, all-region and all-city honors as well.

But perhaps the biggest honor of all for Borg is to participate in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio this Saturday. "It's a great honor. I knew it was big, but I didn't really know," Daniel told

Daniel decided to put an end to the recruiting process in mid-August, verbally committing to the hometown Arizona Wildcats and Head Coach Mike Stoops. "It's less stressful for sure," Borg said of making an early decision. "I have a lot of friends in town. It'll be a fun time."

But that doesn't mean the family doesn't pay attention to what else is going on in the recruiting world. "My Mom is into it," Daniel said. "She'll say this guy committed here and this guy committed there."

And Borg has his own thoughts about the new class of 'Cats coming to join him in the desert. "He's got a great class coming in," Borg said of Stoops' efforts. "He's been able to recruit some great recruits, like Brandon Tatum. Willie Tuitama from California is a great player. I think he should be playing in this game, but that's just my opinion. Eben Britton is a great offensive lineman, we're bringing in a great offensive lineman class."

Daniel took his official visit in December and will not be taking any other visits. "My friend who was our QB (Ryan Crawford) was being recruited by Utah and I was looking at taking a visit with him, but they aren't recruiting him anymore," said Borg. "I thought about taking some visits, but when I started talking to the coaches it just opened my eyes and strengthened my commitment to UA."

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