Borland Gets Extended Look at Illini

In-state 4-star linebacker Tuf Borland spent much of his weekend in Champaign and talks about his in-depth experience at the University of Illinois.

Illinois hosted an important prospect over the weekend in 2016 Bolingbrook (IL) linebacker Tuf Borland. The junior is one of the top in-state prospects in the class and garnered an early offer from the Illini a while ago.

Hoping to complete the recruiting process sooner rather than later, Borland is already busy taking visits with the goal of trimming his list to a select few from which he will ultimately choose a future school. So he paid more attention this time to some of the characteristics of Illinois that would not normally be captured on a regular junior day.

"My visit was good!," Borland said. "I got to see more of the academic and social side of things this time around."

One of the advantages of this visit was the extended time Borland was able to spend with the Illinois coaches and furthering the bond they have already formed.

"The time (with the coaches) was well spent," he said. "The coaches are really big on family. They all had their wives and kids around, so I got to know their families pretty well."

Of course, Borland also spent considerable time with two players with which he would have a connection.

"The players were good to me," Borland said. "Mason Monheim and Robbie Bain were very accepting of me."

Bain, a Bolingbrook alum, had wise words for Borland, including some advice for handling the recruiting process and the decision that Borland will ultimately have to make soon.

"(Rob) gave me good advice," he said. "He told me you have to do what you want to do and what's the best fit for you. You can't be concerned with what others say or where they think you should go. At the end of the day, they aren't the ones that are getting up at school every day. I am."

Borland does intend to trim his list to a select few suitors in the near future and focus on those schools to ultimately come to a decision sometime early this summer.

"The plan is to stay open to everyone for the next month and then after that narrow it down," he said. "I want to have a decision by early June."

Despite moving up his timeline for a decision earlier than the conventional recruitment, Borland already has a very firm plan in place for evaluating and cutting his list to a more concise group.

"Now it's getting to the point where it's going to come down to where I feel the most comfortable and have the best relationship with the guys," he said. "That ultimately will decide which schools I'll spend the most time with."

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