Another former senior prospect with SEC experience is coming to Nebraska as a transfer.
Linebacker Chief Borders becomes the Huskers’ fourth offseason gate addition — the third he’s previously played for in Florida — following his commitment on Tuesday. The 6-foot-5, 245-pound player has three years of eligibility remaining after appearing in 16 games as a Jets, mostly on special teams.
Borders visited NU this past weekend with fellow UF and safety Corey Collier, who committed to the Huskers on Saturday. Backer announced his intention to transfer on December 5 and received an offer from the Huskers a few days later.
Borders — whose real first name is Hassan — grew up in Chicago but played high school football at Heard County in Carrollton, Georgia. He became a four-star recruit, ultimately holding on to Florida State in the class of 2020 despite offers from Stanford, Michigan State, Florida State, Alabama, and others. His bids and gate interest have reportedly included schools such as Michigan, Texas, Washington and Mississippi State.
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Borders has been described by Florida as an outside linebacker. If that continues at Nebraska, the defender will be part of a young group stepping in for departing playmakers like Caleb Tannor, Oshaun Mathis and – depending on his decision – Garrett Nelson. Borders’s athletic background is more strength than speed as a former discus thrower and participant in the shot put.
“It’s kind of a tweener,” Heard County coach Tim Barron told The World-Herald. “I’m dying to see where his body goes and what Nebraska does with him. He’s a guy who can go either way—he can gain weight and stick his hand in the dirt or he can stand up and play OLB up front 3-4. Excited to see what they’ll do.”
Education was Borders’ main priority with his decision to drop out of high school, where he had a 4.2 grade point average and was accepted to Stanford. He said at the time that football was only part of the equation. Business is another matter — Borders on Tuesday actually updated its personal jersey offerings to include both Nebraska and Florida.
What Borders would bring to Lincoln was personality, the high school coach said. He exudes charisma and humility, often telling others that he wakes up every day with a smile and a “Yessir” for the opportunity in the future.
“His best quality is leadership,” Barron said. “I’m telling you, he’s one of the most positive people you’ll ever be around. You’ll see: he’s just a very good person.”
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