Like the majority of the college teams in the nation, WVU is dangerously thin in the defensive trenches. Once you get past All Big 12 defensive end Noble Nwachukwu, Christian Brown and Darrien Howard – all seniors who are set to graduate following this season – there are eight defensive line underclassmen on the roster for the Mountaineers. Four of those eight are freshmen.So, it goes without saying that the Mountaineers will be aggressively seeking to restock defensive ends and tackles in the 2017 recruiting cycle.
Hlliard, Oh., prospect Brendan Bordner certainly passes the eye test. The 6-5, 240-pounder is coming off a junior season in which he made 47 tackles (19 for loss) and had 4.5 sacks. He has a good motor and has nimble feet for a defensive end, also plays on offense for Hilliard Bradley High School at the tight end position. Mountaineer Defensive Line coach Bruce Tall liked what he saw when evaluating Bordner, and offered him a scholarship on May 25.
“I was pretty excited. West Virginia is a pretty big name school with good history,” Bordner said.
He plans on getting over to Morgantown for the Showtime Camp on July 23, but could also visit on anothe rdate, depending on how his schedule works out. He has completed his summer camping schedule.
“I don’t have any other camps lined up but I will try to take some more visits," he said, indicating that he wants to see all of his top eight schools
Bordner recently dropped that list on Twitter, which included Boston College, Cincinnati, Iowa State, Navy, Rutgers, Toledo, Vanderbilt and WVU. His other offers include three from Power 5 schools Syracuse, Wake Forest and Rutgers. Bordner also has 18 FCS offers, including Miami OH, Penn, Marshall, Yale, Air Force, Cornell, Harvard, Central Michigan, Buffalo, Columbia, UCF, Bowling Green, Eastern Kentucky, Robert Morris, Princeton, Western Michigan, Dartmouth and Colorado State.