No Time Like the Present

After receiving his first official scholarship offer this morning, Alter's Chris Borland wasted little time in becoming Wisconsin's eighth verbal commitment for the class of 2009.

MADISON - Tuesday afternoon, Chris Borland was jumping up and down after getting his first scholarship offer from Wisconsin.

Tuesday evening, Borland had an even better reason to become excited.

With Wisconsin being Borland's number one school since he was young, the multi-talented athlete, after talking it over with his parents, called head coach Bret Bielema and delivered the good news.

"I called Coach Bielema and told him that I was ending my recruitment and I wanted to commit to Wisconsin," Borland told Badger Nation Tuesday evening. "This is a dream come true."

Borland originally was going to wait to make his decision until he talked with his father, who was away on a camping trip and grew up in Madison cheering for the Badgers. When Borland was able to contact his father, a quick call by his dad to Coach Bielema was all that stood between Chris and accepting a scholarship to his dream school.

"My dad wanted to ask Coach B two things," Borland said. "The first thing he wanted to ask him was if I needed to put on any weight over the next couple months, which coach said I didn't. The second was what kind of academic programs football athletes get at Wisconsin. When he got the answers he wanted, he gave me his OK to give my commitment.

"My dad didn't have a heart attack but he was so proud and excited for me."

Borland had impressed Wisconsin's coaches with his versatility and ability to play multiple positions and play then well during UW's three-day summer camp earlier this week. During his junior year at Atler H.S., 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 they'll figure out eventually where I will play," Borland said. "Right now, I am so happy to be a Badger and end my recruitment."


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