"I'm going into spring ball on Monday and I was thinking, I should get it out of the way. I'm tired of waiting. Right now, SMU is the best place for me," stated Bordano to PonyStampede.com. "It's the perfect school. I have some family up there and it has Coach Jones. I'm thinking that he is going to turn things around. Right now, it's looking pretty good to me!"
"I called Coach Jones up and told him that I would like to play for him. He said that was the best news that he got today, and that he was looking forward to me coming there and playing for him."
Bordano was a first-team All-District 26-5A selection after recording 98 tackles (10 for loss) last season for New Braunfels. He also recorded six sacks, three caused fumbles and two blocked kicks during his junior campaign. The newest SMU pledge, played outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme, but will move to the inside this season. He will replace Oklahoma 2009 recruit Tom Wort.
"My biggest goal this spring is to make my team better. We are very young this year on defense and I want to elevate my game so I can make everyone else better," said Bordano. "I'm excited to put on a helmet and shoulder pads. Now that I have my decision out of the way, I can focus on my senior year and enjoy life."
So does Bordano expect other schools to keep chasing him even though he gave his verbal to SMU?
"They can try to contact me, but my mind is set. When I gave my word to Coach Jones today that its. That is where I'm going. They might try, but my heart is in Dallas and that is where I'm going," stated the linebacker. "SMU is going to be alright in a couple years. To see their recruiting class they are getting, they are going to be good. I'm glad to now be a part of it."
After playing at SMU, Chris Bordano went on to play 3 seasons in the NFL, recording 131 tackles. To say that he wanted to see John play anywhere else, would be an understatement.
"He obviously wanted me to go to SMU. He did talk to me a lot, but put no pressure on me. He told me the good things and bad things about SMU. There wasn't many bad things to tell. He told me it was my decision and I appreciate that," said Bordano.
Two seasons ago, the linebacker started 14 games and recorded more than 100 tackles when New Braunfels went 13-1.
"He's a tremendous athlete, and a very intelligent kid," New Braunfels coach Chuck Caniford said. "He's determined and very much a team guy. He has a willingness to go above and beyond what's expected."
PonyStampede.com will check in on John Bordano again early this summer.