When Loudoun County freshman Taylor Borup took a visit to North Carolina last week, she figured the trip would be a chance to dip her toe in the water in Chapel Hill and demonstrate her interest in one day becoming a Tar Heel.
The trip wound up being all that and more for Borup, who returned home with an oral commitment to attend North Carolina when she graduates high school in three years. Borup, who plays middle and outside hitter for the Raiders, is originally from North Carolina and described UNC as her “dream school.”
“I’ve always wanted to go there,” she said. “The last time my brother was at a basketball camp there, at UNC, and I went into the volleyball coach’s office and I told him ‘one day I’m going to play for you,’ and he started laughing. He asked for my information and he came to see me play.”
At 6-foot-3, Borup was a highly sought after recruit and had received interest from schools all over the country, including USC, Louisville and Virginia. While it isn’t officially binding, Borup said she was sure that her oral commitment is rock-solid.
“I was still in shock, so I didn’t know what to say. My brother was so excited, he started clapping,” she said of the conversation with Tar Heels Coach Joe Sagula where he asked for her oral commitment. “It’s very binding to me and I know that I’ve always wanted to be a Tar Heel and I don’t take it very lightly. I’m ecstatic about it.”
The 14-year-old freshman, who won a AA state championship with the Raiders last season, played much of the season at middle hitter between Loudoun County’s outside hitters Maggie Phillips, a first-team All-Met player last season, and Taylor Huewe, an All-Met honorable mention. Borup finished last season with 43 kills and 20 blocks, good enough for seventh on the team in both categories. Raiders Coach Janica Brown said Borup will likely be one of her team’s top hitters next season.
“I’ve never had this before, a player already committed this young,” Brown said. “I think it’s a little bit of pressure that now we have to fulfill this for Taylor. We have to be able to train her appropriately to excel the way that UNC believes she can. We don’t want to let her down as coaches.”