Darrius Borden signed a letter-of-intent to play football at Point University in West Point, Georgia. The signing took place Tuesday afternoon in the cafeteria at Childersburg High School.
Borden is the third player off the 2017 Childersburg team to sign a scholarship.
“It is a privilege and a blessing, “Borden said. “In middle school, I didn’t even play. I just started playing again last year.”
The offensive lineman said the coaches at Point played a role in his decision to sign.
“It was just the atmosphere, the coaches and the way the campus is set up,” Borden said. “I am lazy. I don’t like to walk to class, so my classes are in one building. The coaches took time to talk to me more than any other coach did. They actually wanted me to come and they actually cared about me.”
After taking several years off from football, Borden returned to the gridiron in 2016 as a junior. Borden said he had a difficult time his junior season, but he said he was able to flourish on the field in 2017.
“Last year (2016) was my first year starting on varsity,” Borden said. “It was rough, but I learned from trial and error. This year, I was able to go out there and make key blocks and get myself recognized.”
Childersburg head coach Jonathan Beverley said he was elated Borden has the opportunity to play at the next level. Beverley said the changes Borden made this year helped him earn a scholarship.
“It is a big accomplishment, “Beverley said. “He has come a long way. As a junior, he started every game, but he had a lot of work to do as far as in the weight room and work ethic.
“From his junior year to senior year, it was a complete 180. He was a completely different kid at practice and in the weight room. He has always been great academically, but on the football field, he has come a long way. He had a great senior year. He was a team leader, which was the main area he needed to grow up in.”
Beverley said Point can expect Borden to come in and do what he has to do to help the team be successful.
“They can expect someone that takes academics very seriously,” Beverley said. “They are getting a hard worker in the weight room and practice. He is going to work his way on the field. He is going to be a guy that’s a great team player. That is probably the best attribute that he has right now -- he is a team player. He does what’s necessary to help the team.”
Borden is grateful for everyone that played a role in making this opportunity possible.
“I really want to thank my mom, God and my family in general,” he said. “Even when I was hurt, they helped me. In the back of mind, I always say that I am doing it for them. If I am hurt, I have to finish the game out. They push me to always go my hardest.”