Max Borghi, WSU's prized running back commit from Pomona (Colo.) High is said to be torn between WSU and Stanford, which swooped in late to offer him.
Four-star quarterback Camm Cooper was indisputably the crown jewel of Washington State’s 2018 recruiting class, but following closely behind was Max Borghi, a highly-recruited running back from Pomona High in Arvada, Colo. who’s been touted as the next coming of Christian McCaffrey.
Borghi committed to WSU in June and visited Pullman this fall with his family. He loved WSU and has a great relationship with running backs coach Jim Mastro. Yet, as of noon on Wednesday, the first day of the Early Signing Period, WSU had 16 signees, but Borghi wasn’t one of them.
Borghi has yet to sign a National Letter of Intent, his high school coach, Jay Madden said in a phone interview Wednesday afternoon. And, Borghi might end up waiting till February to sign.
But where Borghi ends up signing is now a question mark.
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“Your guess is as good as mine,” Madden said, when asked what he thinks Borghi will do.
The tailback’s dream school is Stanford, and after Stanford swooped in to offer him a scholarship late in November, he’s now torn between his sense of loyalty to WSU, and the prospect of playing for the Cardinal.
“He’s a special dude, and he and Mastro have a great relationship,” Madden said. “It just makes it that much tougher. And Max is a loyal kid, he always has been. He loves WSU, but Stanford is hard to say no to.”
Stanford, Madden said, has been “on and off” with Borghi throughout his recruitment, but “in the last two months or so, it’s been hot and heavy.”
The versatile tailback was primarily recruited by Mastro and has a skillset similar to WSU’s senior RB Jamal Morrow, who recently became the third-leading receiver in school history.
Borghi, who just won the Denver Post’s Golden Helmet Award – outstanding senior prep football player – appears to be a multi-skilled offensive weapon with power, explosion and a reported 4.35 40-yard dash time.
Borghi finished his prep career with 6,473 all-purpose yards and a Colorado 5A championship after Pomona beat Eaglecrest in the state title game on Dec. 2. He had 1,690 rushing yards and 27 rushing touchdowns, and 115 receiving yards his senior year, and also scored two touchdowns as a return specialist.
At WSU, Borghi would have been the logical heir apparent to Morrow, the best receiver of WSU’s running backs, who is about to play his final game in a Cougars uniform, and who personifies WSU’s ability to showcase multiskilled backs who can both run and catch.
But Stanford, after all, is where McCaffrey – another Colorado prep product – played, and head coach David Shaw has undoubtedly tried to sell Borghi on the benefits of stepping into the role occupied by McCaffrey and Heisman finalist Bryce Love. That’s quite a selling point.
Who will Borghi pick? You might have to wait till the traditional Feb. 4 Signing Day to find out.
“My guess is that he’s gonna wait it out,” Madden said. “This whole Dec. 20 thing puts some kids on the fast track that didn’t want to be on the fast track. We just got done playing on Dec. 2.”