The Michigan football staff recently conducted their yearly technique camp in Ann Arbor, but one of the top recruits at their respective position is not in attendance. In fact, 2016 Bolingbrook (Ill.) linebacker Tuf Borland may not be attending any camps at all this summer, he says, but that has not halted the interest he is currently fielding from a number of schools.
"Stanford, Northwestern, I talked to Michigan a couple weeks ago, Wisconsin and most of the Big Ten schools [have contacted me]," said Borland.
Now holding offers from UMass and Illinois, Borland has continued to hear from what he describes as a core group of schools showing him the most interest. Several of these teams have long been involved with Borland and look to be mainstays in his recruitment, including Michigan.
"I've talked to coach Mallory a couple times and he stopped in by my school," said Borland. "He stopped in and said hello."
Borland took an unofficial visit to Michigan earlier in the year, a visit that laid the groundwork for their budding relationship. Borland is receptive to the Wolverine's recruiting efforts, and he looks to stay in contact with the staff.
"I don't have anything officially planned, but I am sure I will be up there at some point again," said Borland.
Joining Michigan, a school that Borland favors is its Big Ten counterpart in Northwestern. Even though distance does not look to be a limiting factor in his recruitment, the school's close proximity to his home time is one aspect playing in the Wildcats' favor.
"I've been up [to Northwestern] a couple times," said Boland. "I talked to them and went on a visit up there. I liked things up there. They are still stopping by and they seem interested. I've gotten the chance to know coach Fitzgerald and the rest of their defensive coaching staff."
Despite the closeness that allows for frequent visits, Northwestern has not yet earned the title as Borland's best relationship. That honor would go to yet another Big Ten team.
"No, I would still say Wisconsin just because my dad going to school there and playing there," said Borland. "It helped me build a good relationship there. Their recruiting coordinator mostly, and I've gotten the chance to talk to Coach Anderson numerous times and Coach Aranda, the defensive coordinator, as well."
The Badgers have been judicious in their extension of offers to 2016 linebackers, but Borland does not feel that is too far off from receiving a Wisconsin offer.
"Yeah, they have said that I am pretty close [to an offer] actually. They said that the recruiting process shouldn't be too hard in terms of an offer coming in."
Borland Hears from U-M, Nears Wisconsin Offer
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