New Jersey Linebacker Likes Duke

Princeton, N.J., native Doug Borchert is being recruited at many different levels so far, but the majority of his suitors seem to be from Division I programs. While he's only taken one visit at this point in his recruiting, he'll be taking many more over the summer months.

Doug Borchert, a 6-foot-1, 205-pound outside linebacker from Princeton High School in Princeton, N.J., has yet to pick up his first scholarship offer, but is hearing from the likes of Duke, Army, Albany, Harvard and Lehigh, among many more. While Borchert currently mans in the middle for his high school team, his frame and skill set lend itself more towards the outside at the collegiate level.

"Right now the schools that are recruiting me the hardest are Duke, Harvard and Lehigh," Borchert said. "Army and Albany have been into the school as well and I here from some other schools, but those are the ones that seem most interested right now."

"I actually visited Duke last year to watch them play North Carolina and the visit really went well," Borchert explained. "I got to know the staff a bit and get more comfortable with them which was easy because they were all very cool and then I was able to meet my recruiting coordinator Coach (John) Strollo who I get along well with."

"They have invited me down multiple times for junior day events and what not and I'm definitely going to be camping there this summer," Borchert added. "They have great facilities there and all of the sports teams at Duke are amazing, well except football right now obviously. The campus is just really nice and Durham is a nice town. I could definitely see myself going there and so could my parents who liked it a lot."

Since Borchert excels in the classroom, boasting a 3.9 core GPA, he may have options that many other student-athletes do not as his grades could be solid enough to get him into fine academic institutions like Duke or the Ivy Leagues. He talked briefly about what his goal was in that regard.

"I would like to play at the highest level of football I can possibly play at, but I also want to be at a school where I can challenge myself in the classroom as well, so many of these schools will be legitimate options for me."

As a junior, Borchert registered 105 tackles and sacked the quarterback seven times on his way to earning second-team All-Conference honors.

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