2017 Target: Jayden Borders

SHELBY, N.C. --- Gunter Brewer could end up coaching a second Borders. Follwing a record-breaking sophomore season that ended with a state title, Jayden Borders, a 5-foot-9, 148-pound wide receiver from Shelby High, is receiving interest from North Carolina, among others.

Scouting Report

“He’s an explosive athlete,” Shelby head coach Lance Ware said. “He has outstanding hands. He’s a great athlete, great with the ball in his hands. He loves to compete – loves to play.”

Prep Career

After spending most of his freshman campaign dominating the junior varsity ranks, Borders set the school single season record for receptions (83) and receiving yards (1,173) in 2014. He also holds the school’s record for career receptions (88) and single game receptions (11).

“He became our go-to guy this year,” Ware said. “Obviously, with 83 catches we made it a point to get the ball in his hands. Any time we needed a big play or to convert a first down, we tried to look his way.”

Borders’s 10 touchdown grabs as a sophomore helped Shelby repeat as NCHSAA 2A Champions.


Borders’s father, Chesley, played receiver for North Carolina (1999-02) compiling 62 catches for 1,001 yards and nine touchdowns during his collegiate career.

“[Jayden] has grown up around the Carolina program,” Ware said. “I think he’s excited about the fact that they’re interested in him.”

That interest includes Larry Fedora making an evaluation visit to Shelby High in January. Seth Littrell, who recruits Cleveland County for UNC, is captaining Borders’s recruitment but Gunter Brewer is also actively involved due to his connections to Borders. During Brewer’s first stint as a UNC assistant coach he was the elder Borders’s position coach.

“I think [UNC] is still evaluating him,” Ware said. “They saw him in camp last year and he had a good day at camp.”

In recruiting Borders, Brewer and Littrell have an advantage. Borders says there’s definitely plenty of family influence for him to eventually suit up in Carolina Blue.

“It’s not like pressure,” Borders said. “But my daddy wants me to do well and he’d love for me to follow in his footsteps.”

It doesn’t sound like it would take a lot of convincing for UNC (or Borders’s family) to land Borders. He says that if the Tar Heels offered him a scholarship, he’d likely commit on the spot.

“It would be big to retrace my daddy’s footsteps and hopefully into the league,” Borders said. “If I had a lot of offers and one of them was from Carolina, I’d go to Carolina because that’s family. I want to walk in his footsteps but stay in the [National Football] League longer than he did – he only played in a preseason game. I just want to keep his legacy going.”

In addition to UNC, Borders is hearing from Clemson, Florida State, Louisville, and Wake Forest. But Wake Forest is the only school outside of UNC that he has visited.

Extra Notes

Borders is also a member of Shelby’s basketball, track-and-field, and baseball teams.

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