A family legacy could give SMU an edge as it pursues New Braunfels linebacker John Bordano (6-2, 215).
The Unicorns’ junior said he has received an offer from the Mustangs, and if uncle, Chris Bordano, has any say, he’ll find his way to Dallas in 2010.
Chris Bordano, an NFL player for three seasons with the Saints and Falcons, was a linebacker at SMU in the mid-1990s. John Bordano said he saw his uncle play several times as a youngster. They drove around the campus last fall when John came to Dallas to visit.
“He wants me to go there,” John said of his uncle. “That’s making me think about going there also.”
John Bordano is also intrigued by SMU’s law school. He said finding a school with a strong law school is very important.
“You have to find something to do after football, and law is something I want to do,” he said.
Bordano was a first-team All-District 26-5A selection after recording 98 tackles (10 for loss), six sacks, three caused fumbles and two blocked kicks. Bordano played outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme, but will move to the inside – replacing Oklahoma signee Tom Wort - for the 2009 season.
Bordano started 14 games and recorded more than 100 tackles two years ago when New Braunfels went 13-1.
“He’s a tremendous athlete, and a very intelligent kid,” New Braunfels coach Chuck Caniford said. “He’s determined and very much a team guy. He has a willingness to go above and beyond what’s expected.”
Bordano played inside linebacker as a freshman. Moving to the outside gave him a chance to start as a sophomore.
“I was happy to be playing my sophomore year,” Bordano said. “But, I like playing inside. It’s fun.”
Caniford believes Bordano has plenty of upside, adding that he thinks he can grow as big as 245 pounds in college. Caniford said Bordano will be able to display his play-making ability from the inside.
“He’ll be able to make plays on both sides of the field,” Caniford said. “It’s also going to prevent teams from running away from him.”