As his offer list has grown to more than two dozen schools, Hilliard (Ohio) defensive end Brendan Bordner has begun to focus in on some schools.
The 6-foot-5, 240-pound Bordner, who is ranked as the No. 52 overall defensive end in the 2017 class, including the third-best in Ohio, is not in a position to cut his list or exclude schools, but the rampant interest has focused his attention.
“I kind of have some schools that I’m more serious about right now than others,” Bordner said. “I haven’t excluded anybody, but I’m definitely starting to get a feel for stuff [and] what schools I like more than others.”
Iowa State appears to be one of those schools drawing his focus.
Bornder, who was offered by Iowa State in late February, visited that same month and left impressed with what the program had to offer.
“I really liked the campus,” Bordner said. “The coaches were definitely turning things around there in a big way and the facilities are some of the best I’ve seen anywhere, especially the weight room, that’s probably the nicest out of anywhere.”
Bordner holds offers from the likes of Boston College, Cincinnati, Illinois, Rutgers, Syracuse, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest and others and has already been on trips this year to Illinois, Wisconsin, Wake Forest, Navy, Penn State, Marshall, Cincinnati, Miami (OH), Toledo and Michigan State in addition to Iowa State.
This summer, his tour of schools will continue.
“I’ll definitely get back out to Iowa State for a visit,” Bordner said, adding that he hopes to make return trips to both Toledo and Navy as well as first-time visits to Boston College, Vanderbilt and Rutgers.
Iowa State stopped in to see Bordner the maximum two times during the spring evaluation period first with defensive coordinator Jon Heacock and most recently this week with defensive line coach Eli Rasheed. He also has weekly conversations with Matt Campbell.
“[He talks] about getting me back out over the summer, come back out, see the place again, get around the players more,” Bordner said. “I’ve enjoyed him.”
Bordner’s recruitment remains wide-open, but as he focuses his attention, there is a group of schools that stand out in terms of interest.
“Iowa State [and] Toledo, they’ve shown a lot of interest I’d say,” Bordner said of schools showing major interest. “Rutgers has recently.”
Bordner, who plans to major in engineering, doesn’t have a clear timeline for cutting his list or making a decision but would ideally like to have things wrapped up before the season and may sign with a school in December.
“I’d probably like to get it done in time to possibly enroll early,” Bordner said. “If I can feel comfortable with the school before the season, great, if I don’t, I’m not going to stress myself out over it. Just getting in there for spring ball and lifting and getting around the coaches and trying to put myself ahead of everyone. The last semester of high school, it’s not going to kill me to miss that.”