It goes without saying the state of Texas has no shortage of intriguing prospects in the world of high school football. As one of the perennial leaders in sending players to the next level, the competition throughout the state is a machine that shows no signs of slowing down. In the Class of 2023, RB Brayden Bork of Weatherford High School (Weatherford, TX) is the latest of the Lone Star State to capture our attention for good reason.
Standing in a 5-8 and 165 pounds, Bork is a prospect playing under the radar. He displays a great mix of speed and agility while being versatile enough to flex out wide and catch balls out of the backfield. And, according to The Prototyp's Chad Parker, Bork "has great vision and has no problem finding the hole. He is quick to it and, when he sees a crease, he is vertical in a hurry. He has the ability to jump cut and change direction with ease." Great qualities to have in a lead back and he is only continuing to sharpen these tools as his prep career rages on.
In the Fall of 2020, after putting in hundreds of hours of work into his training throughout the Summer months, Bork found himself in a competition for the starting running back position. Though the upperclassman was ultimately tabbed the starter, an eventual injury gave Bork the opportunity to shine. Bork produced to the tune of 1000+ total yards from scrimmage, including 820 rushing yards and 5 touchdowns. The season came to an end with a first round playoff defeat to Eaton, 14-21.
Now, coming up on his junior campaign, Bork has his mindset fully focused on year three. And, despite being a shoo-in for the starting job in 2021, he expects to work even harder than years past. The taste of defeat a season ago, in the playoffs, still resonates with him and is a main catalyst in his hunger for success. In the upcoming season, Bork has set his expectations at helping his team make a deeper push into the postseason while, individually, eclipsing 1,200 rushing yards, 300 receiving yards, and 15+ total touchdowns. No small task, but his work ethic and attitude will not let him fall short and one of the main reasons programs at the next level have begun reaching out.
Currently ranked as The Prototyp's 55th-best RB in the class, programs such as UNLV and Arizona State have already begun the process in getting to know Bork. In him, they are finding the seriousness in which he takes the game, along with his attitude in the classroom. With a 3.4 GPA, it is clear academics do not fall second fiddle to his athletic prowess and, yet, another reason why Bork makes it that much harder to stay under the radar.
Though the 2023 class is loaded with talent, Bork is just scratching the surface with the intangibles he provides and can be the home run prospect any Division I program would be happy to suit up. His versatility and decisiveness help shape his game and a reason why his junior season will be one to catapult him amongst the top prospects in the nation, not just Texas.