Senior Kolby Borders has set his sights on playing DI football for years now, and today he made that goal a reality by signing his National Letter of Intent (NLI) to play football for the historic program at Miami of Ohio. The two-time IFCA All-State offensive lineman graduated early so he could make it to campus in time to participate in Spring football down in Oxford. Borders was a multi-sport athlete for McCutcheon who excelled in football and baseball. Along with dominating opponents on the field of play, Kolby also dominated his studies in the classroom, graduating early as an honors student that was also named Academic All-State. Miami RedHawks head coach, Chuck Martin, is excited to add Borders to his team stating, “He has very unique athleticism…and is definitely the type of kid that we’re looking for at Miami.”
We caught up with the pancake artist recently and asked him about his plans for 2021 and who he would like to thank after earning this fantastic opportunity:
Tell us about the immediate feelings you experienced after receiving your offer to play at Miami of Ohio?
Borders: After receiving my offer from Miami, I was super happy. It meant that my hard work paid off and that I would have an opportunity to continue to play the game I love!
Outside of your immediate family, who was the person you were most excited about calling/texting after you learned about your offer?
Borders: I was definitely excited to call Coach Fraug because we had been talking about the visit prior to me going and the possibility of an offer.
What would you like to study while at Miami?
Borders: I will be studying business while in college.
To the younger student-athletes in our area: What advice would you give them on how to succeed in academics, school, family, sports, work, etc?
Borders: I would say to always give 150%. Show up every day and give the best effort you can. You may have some off days, but come back the next day even better and prove to everyone how great you are.
Who are some of your mentors that have helped you develop into the man that you are today, and what important lessons have they instilled in you?
Borders: The first one is my father. He has taught me hard work and dedication. The second is Coach Fulk, he taught me all my technique and how to believe in myself. The third person is Coach Fraug, he has taught me to be a great person. How to lead and give a good presence while around younger players.
Who are some of the “people in your corner” that you would like to thank or shout out?
Borders: I would like to thank God for putting me in this amazing position. I would like to thank my parents for always being behind me and helping pay and contribute to making me better. I would like to thank every coach I’ve ever had. They have all given me great life advice and taught me to get better daily. I would like to thank my best friends, Luke and Lane, for keeping me dedicated and helping me through the grind of high school and life.
Borders: Being a MAV means that every day you show up and you be your best. The best person you can be, the best athlete you can be, the best at whatever you want to accomplish. We have had our ups and downs but we always get along. I have been truly blessed to be a Maverick!
Go MAVS and Go RedHawks!!