Illinois Linebacker Tuf Borland Talks Buckeye Commitment

By Jeremy Birmingham on April 19, 2015 at 12:46 pm
Tuf Borland is a Buckeye

Friday night just felt right for Tuf Borland. In fact, he had it in his mind all of last week.

"It was something I had in the back of my mind going into the visit (last) Monday," Borland told Eleven Warriors. "Then I spent the next couple days talking it over with my parents."

It seemed the discussion with his parents was fruitful, especially for Ohio State's coaching staff, led by Luke Fickell and Chris Ash, who have been working hard to get Borland into this class. The country's 20th-ranked outside linebacker – 6-foot-3 and 225-pounds – outlined the details of that discussion.

"I loved it (at Ohio State, they loved it," he said. "So I (committed). The Ohio State staff was pretty excited. I just felt like it was the right place for me to be."

Borland's father, Kyle, played linebacker for Wisconsin in the early 1980s. Although many felt he'd follow in those footsteps and end up in Madison, Tuf says there's not been any pressure put on him.

"(My father) understands (that it was in my best interest)," Borland added. "He's supported my decision. I'm extremely blessed to have the parents that I do."

Now that he's a Buckeye, Borland is unsure where he'll line up defensively. In truth, however, he doesn't really have a preference.

"Ohio State has said I could play inside or outside linebacker," Borland said of how the Buckeyes plan to use him. "They're fairly similar to me, so I'll do whatever gets me on the field."

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