Borders Talks About Colorado Commitment

Every year there are quality players that slip through the cracks for whatever reason. That description fits new Colorado commitment, Quintin Borders, perfectly. Borders is from a school that had a bad season and the head coach got fired. He did not receive adequate exposure until recently. New Bryan Station Head Coach, Oliver Lucas, told the CU staff and other schools about Borders. The offensive tackle committed to CU over the weekend, but the Texas Longhorns are coming in hard.

Height: 6-5
Weight: 295
40 time: 5.1
Bench: 310
Squat: 560
Clean: 275
Vertical: 26"
From: Lexington, Kentucky

As a senior, Quintin Borders had 46 pancake blocks and six touchdown blocks in only his second year as an offensive lineman. On defense, he had 21 tackles, three sacks, two pass break-ups, and two forced fumbles. He started both ways but logged more time on offense. Borders was named first team all-city on offense. He was also an academic all-state selection.

As a junior, he was named first team all-city on defense.

Bryan Station had a very poor season and their head coach was fired. The new head coach is a name very familiar to Buff fans. It is former Colorado assistant coach and previously the head coach at Montbello High School in Denver, Oliver Lucas. Lucas used his college contacts to turn a few schools on to Borders, and the Buffs came in first. "My last coach didn't give me any kind of exposure," Borders said. "I kind of turned into this diamond in the rough because nobody knew about me. The Kentucky schools did, but nobody outside the state did. Coach Lucas came and met with me one time and said that he was going to put his neck on the line and call some schools for me. He said he got a real good feeling from me and he knew I was a player."

Colorado was the first school that jumped on Borders. "Coach (Chris) Strausser called me and said that he liked my game film and was very interested in me. He said that I am the big, strong and fast kind of lineman they are looking for. He said he doesn't just want big guys that are going to take up space. He wants guys that can move and he thinks I can do that. So we scheduled an official visit and I went last weekend."

The lineman was hosted on the visit by CU center, Bryce MacMartin. "He took me around and introduced me to people. We went down to the ESPN Zone in Denver and ate. I got to meet a bunch of great people and a bunch of great guys on the team. I really liked Colorado so I verbally committed to the coaching staff before I left. So I guess you can say I'm a Buffalo now. I was hooked on that place from the second I got there."

Quintin Borders preparing to smash a quarterback.

Colorado has recruited Borders specifically as an offensive tackle. "I have great size and real quick feet. I have good coordination and I really study my opponents. I am always doing film study trying to figure out the weaknesses of my opponents. I need to get stronger. That is one area I can improve on."

Bryan Station Athletic Director William Henderson says of Borders, "He is a very sharp guy. Kentucky was showing a lot of interest, but not many schools come in here to recruit. We had a pretty bad season and the new coach will be here in the middle of February. Quintin has one of the greatest mentalities. He is a great team player."

CU coaches Hawkins and Strausser are coming to the Borders home for a visit, tonight. "I am sold on Colorado and now they just have to sell my dad on the school because he didn't take the trip with me. If for some reason he isn't sold on the program after the visit, I will probably visit Texas this weekend."

Apparently, Lucas also put the Borders bug in the ears of the Longhorns coaching staff and they were intrigued after watching film. "They have been calling me for the last two weeks and they want to get me out there on a visit this weekend. They could possibly offer me. It might be nice to take the visit so I could have something to compare Colorado to, but I'm still not sure they could top Colorado. I really loved everything about the CU program. So if the visit goes well tomorrow night then I will not be making the trip to Texas. As far as I'm concerned, I am ready to sign with CU on February 1st."

Borders says his father's main concern is academics. "He wants to know that the academics side of this decision is taken care of first. That is his main concern. He wants to make sure I am getting a great education. I want to major in Business and Colorado has a very good Business program."

The future Buff carries a 3.3 core GPA and is re-taking the ACT in hopes of a better score. He is fully qualified.

Besides Texas, Kansas State is another school making a late run at Borders but they are not a player for his services.

The Buffalo Sports News will speak with Borders again in the coming days to see if he decides to take a visit to Austin or if the CU staff impressed his father enough to wipe out that possibility.

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