Gerron Borne really likes SEC school

Gerron Borne, of East St. John High School in the New Orleans area, has two early offers to his credit both from Tennessee schools. Tennessee was first to offer the 6-2, 275, defensive tackle, and Memphis also extended an offer. He's hoping to familiarize himself more with both universities.

"Tennessee is a school I really like," Gerron Borne said. "Big Rocky Top has a great atmosphere, and I like the coaches. Coach (Terry) Joseph is my recruiter. We talk every other day. I'm going to be talking to Coach (Lance) Thompson pretty soon. He coaches the D-Line. I'm not going to be able to get up there for their Junior Day, but I'm hoping to make it for the Spring game."

Joseph spent six years as an assistant coach at Archbishop Shaw and Destrehan in the New Orleans area and is hoping to establish a big Louisiana recruiting presence for UT in the state. Memphis head coach Larry Porter also has Louisiana ties with the time he spent on the LSU coaching staff.

"My former defensive line coach played at Memphis," said Borne. "He was telling me about the school, and I hope to make a trip with him to look at it."

Borne says he's open, but is currently favoring the Vols and Pittsburgh. Calvin Magee, who was a big star at Southern University in Baton Rouge and a New Orleans native, is trying to get Borne to consider the Panthers, although they haven't yet extended an offer.

"The first thing I look at is the school's graduation rate among athletes," Borne said. "The next would probably be the coaches and how I feel about them. I'm going to look at the programs that are needing defensive tackles too."

Borne is coming off a good year at East St. John where the Fighting Wildcats went 9-3 on the season. Borne was named 1st team All-St. John the Baptist Parish and 2nd team All-District (5A-6) in 2010, his junior season. He made 40 tackles and six sacks.

"Next year I'm going to go all out because it's going to be my last," Borne said. "I'm going to give 100-percent, be a team leader, and help us win the state. What helps my game is my ability to stay low and keep eye contact on the ball carrier. I never let him out of my line of vision. When I get to him, I make solid tackles.""

In the off-season Borne is competing in the discus throw and the shot put for the school's track & field team. He's also involved in a four-day-a-week conditioning program. Currently he's at 330 on bench as he preps himself for his third season as a starter for Wildcat football. He hopes to travel more in the coming months when his schedule lightens.

"This summer I'm planning on camping at Tennessee," he said. "I may try and make it to some others.

"With recruiting I've been getting a lot of advice from coaches. They're telling me I should wait and take my five official visits before making a commitment, and that's what I'm thinking about doing. I may not announce where I'm going until Signing Day."

Borne wears No. 85 for East St. John which is located in Reserve, La. on the east bank of the Mississippi River. The school had one football player in Floyd Raven sign with a Division 1 program (Texas A&M) in the Class of 2011. Former Wildcat standout, Stephoin Francois, enters his senior season at LSU as a starting linebacker.

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