Alter’s Borland makes decision early, verbals to Wisconsin

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Alter’s Chris Borland has committed to Wisconsin

Madison (Wis.) is a city defined by a strong collegiate athletic tradition, not to mention a tireless core of students who work for the best and usually get it. Badger pride swells throughout the streets of Madison, and now also in the mind and heart of recent football commitment Chris Borland. A senior at Alter High School, Borland is happy to be headed north.


Madison (Wis.) is a city defined by a strong collegiate athletic tradition, not to mention a tireless core of students who work for the best and usually get it. Badger pride swells throughout the streets of Madison, and now also in the mind and heart of recent football commitment Chris Borland. A senior at Alter High School, Borland is happy to be headed north.

“I’ve always wanted to be a football player,” Borland said. “I want to play as long as I can and be as good as I can; whether that means high school, college, or even the NFL. I’ve just always loved and wanted to play the game, it’s my passion.”

Throughout the off-season, there seemed to be a pipeline of questions for the entire Alter football program. Between defensive coordinator Larry Masters retiring, to thoughts about a third straight undefeated regular season, there seemed to be slight concern. As the off-season progressed, several Alter players got collegiate heads to turn. While that may be, only one has committed, that being Borland. He’s sure to not be the last.

“I’m glad it happened this way,” Borland said. “I really had a unique recruiting experience. Not many guys only get one offer and have it be from their dream school.”

Despite having one more year of high school left, the Knights captain already has some ideas on what he wants to accomplish in Madison.

Said Borland: “I want to get a world class education, win a national championship, build friendships that last a lifetime, and become the best football player and person I can be.”

Many verbal commits are somewhat quick to “yes”, many times without realizing what exactly they are committing to. Although it only took Borland a little more than 50 minutes to commit, he still thought his parents should also have a say before finalizing it.

“My mom was elated upon hearing and my dad was excited but wanted to talk to coach before I committed,” Borland said. “That was pretty much what I expected; my mom would support me if I wanted to be a squash player in South Africa and my dad is always looking out for my best interest. Dad makes sure I’m doing good things and mom supports them, I have a great set of parents, that want me to be successful.”

Last season, Chris took a key role, at the running back spot. In just about every game, he took a good play and made it unbelievable. Every single fan, from both sides would seem to hold their breath every time No. 4 got the ball.

This season, however, his speed and strength will be pushed even further, as he takes on the role of outside linebacker. When the news of his new position first arrived, many were left questioning the motive for his decision.

“Its always been understood that my skill set best suits a linebacker, and linebacker gave me the best chance to continue my football career at the collegiate level as well, but running back isn’t out of the equation just yet,” Borland said. “I was offered as an ‘athlete’, even though most schools liked me just as an OLB.”

Despite where he plays in college, one thing is certain – CB is getting the chance to shine at a high level and taking full advantage of it.

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