The last time we brought you updates on Ironwood Ridge High School junior offensive tackle Daniel Borg, he was early in his recruiting stages and gave the Cardinal a slight edge over a group that included Pac-10 schools plus Nebraska. Since then he took his unofficial visit to Stanford and had a good time.
"I think it went well," the 6'6" Tucson (AZ) tackle reports on his four-day trip to The Farm. "I got a chance to really talk in-depth with the coaches, which was cool. Coach [Steve] Morton talked about the program, the school and the offensive line they have there now. I got to spend time with Coach [Tom] Quinn and Coach [Buddy] Teevens, too. Coach Teevens explained how they had to change the strength program from what Tyrone Willingham had in place before, and he's excited about the progress the guys are making with it in place. Matt Doyle showed me around campus, too."
During the stay in the Bay Area, Borg and his family had the chance to jump over to Cal's campus in Berkeley and stack the two rival programs against each other.
"I think I liked Stanford better than Cal," the junior lineman begins. "The campus and the feel of the town were better at Stanford. I think they also have a little better facilities than Cal. I would say I'm leaning to Stanford over Cal right now, even though Cal had a little better football season this year."
But the Bears are not the important threat to the Cardinal in this recruiting battle. Three other schools have jumped in with scholarship offers in the last few weeks, with the hometown Cats of Arizona taking the initial plunge. While Borg told The Bootleg a month ago that he was wary of the Wildcats with their midling on-field performances of late, Mike Stoops turned that right around with a scholarship.
"I went to the UA Junior Day, and they offered me a scholarship there," Borg excitedly recalls. "I met with the coaches, saw the weightroom and went to a UA basketball game."
And how did that all affect his view of Arizona as a college option?
"They are at the top or close to the top," he replies.
Vanderbilt and Nebraska both communicated verbal offers a week ago through the Ironwood Ridge coach, and the Commodores followed through in writing immediately thereafter. The Cornhuskers have lagged with their written offer, but that has yet to curb Borg's enthusiasm.
The Huskers and Wildcats have both surged ahead of Stanford with their offers, and the Beavers have risen into a more favorable position because of the overtones they have given to Borg's coach about an imminent offer. As with many recruits, it appears that Daniel Borg is most enamored with those schools who step up and show their commitment to the recruit. The Cardinal will be unlikely to make up any ground unless and until they an offer of their own.
"Stanford wants me to apply to the school, and they say they will send me an application in the spring," the talented Tucson tackles explains. "They really want me to come to their camp this summer."
Borg says that he might take the Card up on that invitation, though he already knows that he will be back at The Farm in May for the Nike Camp hosted on campus. He says that he is sure that he will camp this summer at Nebraska and Arizona, with the possibility of also attending camps at Oregon State, Washington and Stanford.
The highly regarded student-athlete carries a 4.1 GPA on a five-point scale and recorded an 1180 on his SAT in January. His older sister, Lindsay, is currently a freshman at Stanford.
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