Borders headed to Elon

Mar. 28, 2014 @ 06:56 AM

Thomas Jefferson football star Efrim Borders will remain a mythical creature next year when he trades his Gryphons uniform for an Elon Phoenix helmet and jersey.

The all-state selection made his final college football decision on Thursday when he inked with Elon alongside family, coaches and Thomas Jefferson administration.

"I went to the school and when I stepped on the campus I felt like that's where I needed to be," Borders said. "The coaches, when I talked to them, seemed like they were ready to win and that's something I want to be a part of."

"This is a place that he fell in love with when he saw it and the team liked him as well," Thomas Jefferson head football coach Jerry Cash added. "I think this is a good relationship."

Borders averaged over 142 all-purpose yards per game in 2013 as a pass catcher, ball carrier and kick returner. However, on the college level, he may see most of his time on the defensive side of the football.

"I was recruited as a slot reciever, but the coach that recruited me is a defensive backs coach so I guess it'll just pan out when I get there," Borders said.

According to Cash, Borders will be a solid fit no matter where Elon decides to plug him in.

"Efrim is one of those kids that's willing to do what a lot of kids won't do to work towards their goals," Cash said. "If you look at him, there isn't an ounce of body fat on him, he's fast, he has great hands and he's very coachable. A coachable kid that goes to a program and wants to be successful really has a chance.

"If you tell him to do something a certain way that's the way he's going to do it."

The signing is an obvious step for Borders and his football career, but it's also an honor for the Thomas Jefferson program that's finally emerged under Cash's regime.

"Efrim could have made it from any school, but hopefully this will show kids that you can get to college ball from Thomas Jefferson," Cash said. "We try to sell the fact that you can be a good student and still be successful on the football field. If you're a good enough player they'll find you."

Borders was deliberate in his decision, waiting nearly two months after National Signing Day, before selecting his walk-on role at Elon over UNC-Pembroke and Charlotte.

"It took a while for him to find the right fit," Cash said. "He was one that fell through the cracks and Elon is really getting a good deal."

T"o graduate is my main goal and hopefully I can help the team win some games," Borders said. "I wanted to find a school that would be best for me in the long run past football, and I'm pretty sure Elon is the right choice."

Elon opens the season on the road against Duke on Saturday, Aug. 30.