Borland Gets Scholarship He Wanted

With his dad growing up in Wisconsin and his family being big-time Badger fans, it was clear what school Alter High School's Chris Borland wanted to attend. After receiving his first scholarship offer Tuesday, Borland is more sure than ever where he wants to play college football.

MADISON – Even before the recruiting process started, Archbishop Alter's Chris Borland had a good idea that Wisconsin was where he wanted to play his college football.

His dad grew up in Madison, which translated into Borland having many family and friends in the state. With his dad being a Badger fan, Saturdays were spent around the television watching and rooting for the Badgers.

On Tuesday, that idea of becoming a Wisconsin Badger started to become a reality, as Borland was offered his first scholarship by head coach Bret Bielema.

"I am so excited right now you wouldn't believe it," Borland told Badger Nation Tuesday. "I am calling my family, my friends, everybody. I am jumping around right now, no pun intended (laugh). It's amazing that my number one choice is my first scholarship offer."

Participating in the Nike Camp and doing one-day camps at Indiana, Miami (OH), and Purdue, Borland had received high to moderate interest from Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisville, Miami (OH) and Virginia but no offers.

With today wrapping up Wisconsin second and final summer camp, Borland received the positive feedback from head coach Bret Bielema and assistant coach Joe Rudolph (Borland's recruiting contact) he was looking and hoping for, being lauded for being extremely versatile.

During his junior year at Atler, Borland was the team's punter, running back, wide receiver and kick returner. At running back, Borland averaged over 7.0 yards per carry, over 21.0 on kick returns and 37.0 yards per punt.

"Coach Bielema said that I am a natural athlete and I worked out at multiple positions during camp," Borland said. "Originally I was being recruited as a linebacker but now I am being recruited as an athlete. I played at punter, running back, wide receiver, fullback, linebacker and safety. I don't know if they know where they are going to use me but I think my versatility played a big part in getting the offer."

In addition to the camp, Borland was able to spend time hanging around the campus, an experience that further enhanced his decision.

"I think it's a great place," Borland said of Madison. "It's a good school with good academics. Camp Randall would be a blast to play at. All those things make Wisconsin stand out."

So the question remains not when but how soon until Borland commits and becomes Wisconsin's eighth verbal committment?

"I am 100 percent sure but I need to talk to my parents first," Borland said. "I am sure they will be behind me but I want to make them feel involved, obviously, because they have done so much."

As for his father, Borland has yet to deliver the news to him, as his dad is out on a camping trip and in an area with poor cell phone reception.

"Hopefully, he doesn't have a heart attack when I tell him," Chris said with a laugh. "He wants to get back to Madison and he'll be so excited."

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