Mark Stoops has locked down the first recruit of his coaching era at Kentucky, Steve Borden Jr. He is a junior college tight end from Kilgore College. Interestingly, Steve Borden, his father, is the famous WCW wrestler known as Sting. The tight end was originally recruited by Neal Brown while he was at Texas Tech, and Brown reached out to Borden when he arrived at Kentucky. He visited Kentucky over the weekend for the basketball game along with his famous father. Steve Jones of the Courier Journal broke the news of his signing this morning.
Juco TE Steven Borden says he has signed with Kentucky – first commit of Stoops. Also considered Texas Tech. Can enroll in Jan.
— Steve Jones (@SteveJones_CJ) December 19, 2012
Borden was multi-position player for his first three years in California, playing mainly linebacker and quarterback. He played his final year in Texas as a tight end, which made his recruitment process difficult, forcing him to play at a junior college initially. Brown likes tight ends in the mold of the 6 ft 4 in 225 athletic Borden because he can use them in the traditional TE form near the offensive line while pushing them into a wideout or slot position when needed (See New England Patriots TE play as an example). Borden ran a 4.62 40 yard dash in high school, which will certainly be needed to be a productive part of the Brown’s air attack.
His father Steve Borden plans on attending every game he possibly can. Unfortunately, his son will not be painting his face like his father did for wrestling (Just Google Sting WCW). Borden is a great weapon to have on offense for the Wildcats next season, and he is the first commitment of many for Coach Stoops and his staff.