So does the football program at Chattanooga.
That’s a big reason why the standout senior verbally committed to the Mocs over the weekend, after his three-day official visit.
“UTC runs a spread offense like we did at North Cobb, so I just felt comfortable there,” said Borishade, who selected Chattanooga over Wisconsin, Utah State and Middle Tennessee State. “I felt like I fit in there. They have great coaches, and they had been interested in me for a while. They have smart, outstanding athletes, and the campus and people were really nice during my visit. It’s the right choice for me.”
The 5-foot-10, 170-pound Borishade had 55 receptions for 1,108 yards and 13 touchdowns for North Cobb, which won a state playoff game for the first time since 1959 and advanced to the state semifinals for the first time in school history.
In speaking with the Mocs’ coaches, the first-team all-state honoree expects to play the same position in college and challenge for time in the starting lineup.
“I expect to play the inside slot receiver,” said Borishade, who runs a 4.5-second 40-yard dash. “At North Cobb, I played more of the outside receiver position, but the coaches at UTC want me to move to the inside to match up against linebackers. But they said they could move me around some, too.”
Borishade won’t be alone when he makes the two-hour trip up Interstate 75. Former North Cobb defensive standout Derrick Lott will be a senior next season, his second after transferring from Georgia.
Lott, who was a senior at North Cobb when Borishade was a freshman, was one of the students escorting Borishade around campus during his visit.
“It’s good to have another former North Cobb player there,” Borishade said. “We hung out and talked a lot while I was there. I look forward to playing with him again.”
Lott is one of three Cobb County products expected to join Borishade on Chattanooga’s roster next fall, along with Marlon Anthony (Kell), Nakevion Leslie (Hillgrove). Recent products of the Mocs’ system include Chris Lewis-Harris (Campbell), Chris Awuah (South Cobb) and J.J. Jackson (Walton).
While the Football Bowl Subdivision lure from schools like Wisconsin and Middle Tennessee State was strong, Borishade liked what Chattanooga — part of the Southern Conference in the second-tier Football Championship Subdivision — had to offer in terms of offense and camaraderie. It also didn’t hurt that the school is so much closer.
“Wisconsin sent me letters, but that’s about it,” he said. “I never went on a visit. Plus, it’s really far away. UTC is close, but not too close. I can come home often and my parents can come and see my games. It was a better fit than some of the other schools.”
North Cobb coach Shane Queen believes the Mocs are getting a terrific player.
“I’m really very proud of him,” Queen said. “They’re getting a steal. Xavier’s a dynamic player and one of the best receivers I’ve coached. He plays fearless at wide receiver and lays his body out on the line for the ball and his teammates. He wants to get in the end zone every time he touches the ball.
“He’s come so far these past four years, and he’s gotten stronger and worked hard in the classroom. UTC is an up-and-coming program with a lot of potential. We’re really excited for Xavier and what he’ll be able to accomplish there.”
Borishade plans on enrolling at Chattanooga this summer, in preparation for preseason workouts.
In the meantime, he’ll work on things to get ready.
“I plan on working on my speed and agility and getting bigger,” he said. “I’m excited about the next phase of my life.”