Florida linebacker Chief Borders is moving to Nebraska

Another former high-end prospect with SEC experience is coming to Nebraska as a transfer.

Linebacker Chief Borders will become the Huskers’ fourth off-season portal signing after his signing Tuesday — their third to previously play in Florida. The 6-foot-5, 245-pounder still has three years of eligibility after appearing as a gator in 16 games, mostly on special teams.

Borders visited NU last weekend alongside UF teammate and security man Corey Collier, who sided with the Huskers on Saturday. The backer announced his intention to move on December 5 and received an offer from the Huskers a few days later.

Borders – whose real first name is Hassan – grew up in Chicago but played high school football in Heard County in Carrollton, Georgia. He became a four-star recruit and eventually stayed with Florida in the 2020 class despite offers from Stanford, Michigan State, Florida State, Alabama and others. His offerings and interest in the portal reportedly included schools such as Michigan, Texas, Washington and the state of Mississippi.

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Florida referred to Borders as an outside linebacker. If that were true in Nebraska, the defenseman would be part of a young group that would fill in for late playmakers like Caleb Tannor, Ochaun Mathis and – depending on his decision – Garrett Nelson. Border’s own athletic background is more power than speed as a former discus and shot put competitor in track and field.

“He’s kind of a tweener,” Heard County coach Tim Barron told The World-Herald. “I’m excited to see where his body is going and what Nebraska is doing to him. He’s a guy who could go either way – he could put on weight and get his hand in the dirt or he could get up and play OLB in a 3-4 front. I am excited to see what they will do.”

Education was the main priority for Borders with his decision to drop out of high school, where he had a 4.2 GPA and was admitted to Stanford. Football, he said at the time, was only part of the equation. The deal is different — Borders previously updated its personalized t-shirt offerings Tuesday to include both Nebraska and Florida.

What Borders will bring to Lincoln, his high school coach said, is personality. Exuding charisma and humility, he often tells others that he wakes up every day with a smile and “Yesir” whenever the opportunity presents itself.

“His best quality is leadership,” Barron said. “Let me tell you, he is one of the most positive people you will ever be with. You will see: he is simply a very good person.”

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