Breon Borders talks Wake Forest

The Statesville High School football roster has some talent on it, and head coach Randall Grusler has been taking some of his rising seniors on spring Junior Day visits. Wake Forest has already offered Statesville players, Carlis Parker and Tristian Mumford, and possibly nearing an offer to a third in defensive back Breon Borders.


"It was two Saturdays ago when I was on Wake Forest's campus for their Junior day," said Breon Borders. "I went up with six or seven of my teammates all in the same class of 2013.

"It was a good visit. There were a whole lot of players there. At the other schools there was a limited amount, but at Wake Forest it was pretty much unlimited. I liked the facilities and the coaches were a lot of fun. They hadn't hired a new defensive backs coach, so I talked with the linebackers coach about the defense."

Borders, 6-foot-1, 167-pounds, recently received his first scholarship offer from Duke University. He's extremely high on the Blue Devil program right now, but is talking with Wake Forest and several other interested parties.

"When I was at Duke, Clemson, and ECU, I got to spend a lot of one-on-one time with the coaches," Borders said. "Our coach will be taking us to Elon on April 14th.

"I'd definitely like to have my decision made before the start of the season. I want to go to a school with a good fan base, coaches who are committed to helping the players, and somewhere I can play by at least my sophomore year."

Borders put together a satisfying season in his second year as a starter at Statesville and hopes to build on as a senior.

"I had a solid year," Borders said. "I made seven interceptions and had 52 tackles. This season I played strictly at cornerback, but the coach told me he was going to use me more next year on offense and on special teams.

"Cornerback is where I was offered by Duke. I'm taller than most corners which I feel is a definite advantage. I'm fast, long and can jump high.

"My only two goals or next year are to get 10 interceptions and win state. I think we have enough talent coming back to get it done. We're already ranked number one in the pre-season."

For the second season in a row the Statesville Greyhounds exited the North Carolina 3AA playoffs in the second round. West Rowan scored the go ahead touchdown with less than 26 seconds remaining to defeat Statesville by five.

Borders just completed his junior season of basketball and is planning on running track later in the spring. He'll attend the Shrine Bowl Combine with his teammates and the Nike Combine in Charlotte. A good student at Statesville in Iredell County, Borders reports a GPA of 3.3.

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