Borgersen's Big Year Catches Recruiters' Eyes

Every high school football player dreams of leading his team to a state championship, producing memories that will last a lifetime. Westwood (N.J.) junior receiver Nolan Borgersen had such a moment this fall when he caught a 95-yard touchdown pass during the second play of the North Jersey Section I title game, helping his squad to a 26-7 victory against Waldwick.

Every high school football player dreams of leading his team to a state championship, producing memories that will last a lifetime. Westwood (N.J.) junior receiver Nolan Borgersen had such a moment this fall when he caught a 95-yard touchdown pass during the second play of the North Jersey Section I title game, helping his squad to a 26-7 victory against Waldwick.

"We were backed up, and our quarterback threw a little shovel pass, and the line did a great job, and I was able to get to the second level," the 6-foot-2, 180-pound Boregersen said. "I broke two tackles and then ran away from the secondary. Ninety-five yards later I was in the end zone. I have to say, that was a pretty memorable play – the second play of the state championship. I was like, ‘Wow, this is unreal.'"

That touchdown, though, was merely a microcosm of Borgersen's 2013 campaign. The multidimensional receiver, who lined up both outside and in the slot, hauled in 85 catches for 1,889 yards and 26 touchdowns. He had three four-touchdown games and one outing where he produced 247 yards and a score.

"It was an awesome year, a great season," Borgersen said. "We played a lot of spread, so I moved into the slot and some outside, and I just did what I had to do. Our quarterback was awesome and did a great job spreading the ball around."

Though Borgersen had a stellar season, he doesn't have any firm scholarship offers as of yet. But that could change this offseason as several programs have been keeping close tabs on him. During the open period coaches from Boston College, Duke, Rutgers, Kansas and Maryland stopped by, in addition to Ivy League programs Princeton and Yale.

"I'd say BC and Kansas are the two closest to offering," Borgersen said. "Those coaches have been saying the most to me, and they seemed really interested. But hopefully a few more get really involved as well. We'll see what happens."

Maryland is one school that could jump into the mix at some point. Borgersen said Terps assistant Keith Dudzinski visited during the open period and expressed interest.

"[Dudzinksi] was an awesome guy and he said he's looking forward to recruiting me," Borgersen said. "I'd really like to get down there and see what Maryland is about because I've heard great things."

Borgersen has never been in Maryland before, but he's friends with current Terps commit and Jersey native Juwann Winfree. Plus he knows a current freshman track runner at Maryland who attended Westwood (N.J.) last year.

"Juwann said the coaches at Maryland are just great, and the team is obviously doing better and better," Borgersen said. "I know they made a bowl game this year and that was huge. Everyone I've talked to about Maryland has really good things to say. No one has said one bad thing about it."

Though he hasn't been to College Park, Md., Borgersen has visited several campuses and was able to attend three games this year. He said he went to a Rutgers game, the Yale-Harvard showdown and the Penn State-Illinois bout.

"Penn State was awesome; the atmosphere was crazy with hat stadium," Borgersen said. "Rutgers was a blowout, but I've been there a lot and I really like their coaches. I have a great relationship with them. And Yale was cool too because the stadium was out of control, and that's a huge game against Harvard."

The New Jersey wideout also had plenty of praise for Boston College, which he seemed to be favoring. He went to an Eagles camp back during the summer and has stayed in contact with the staff.

"The city there is awesome, and they have a new coaching staff that has done a great job," Borgersen said. "They're moving in the right direction and have a great program."

Northwestern, a school that had also had contact, is a school he's intrigued by as well. Borgersen said he'd like to visit the school this offseason and meet the staff.

"I know Garrett Dickerson, who is committed there, and he said it's awesome," Borgersen said. "The coaches there are supposed to be coming out to see me in January or something. I really want to go out there."

Borgersen will likely delay any visits until after the winter. He's currently playing basketball and doesn't have much time to travel at the moment.

"But in the spring or something I plan on getting out to some schools," Borgersen said. "I've got a lot of invites and letters, so I'll try and get out to as many [schools] as possible."

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