As a sophomore, Arlis Boardingham caught five passes for 86 yards in Birmingham’s LA City Section Open Division championship win over Banning in November of 2019. Nearly 16 months later, he’s now leading sprints and breaking down the team huddle as a junior for the Patriots.
“I’m prepared for this,” Boardingham said. “I’ve known from the start that eventually I’d have to help this team out in a leading role and I’m ready to do that. I’ve got guys here to help me with that as well and at the end of the day we’re going to all get each other better.”
While many student athletes struggled to stay motivated during the pandemic, Boardingham kept working and it’s paid off with scholarship offers. In late February, UNLV and Texas officially offered the junior.
“They like what I’ve been doing,” Boardingham said. “They love that I run track and am keeping up with football in the offseason so they’ve decided to take a chance on me.”
He’s also received scholarships from Arizona State, Notre Dame and Utah, among others.
Boardingham’s size (6-foot-4, 220 pounds) makes him a versatile prospect. Some schools like him as a wide receiver, some as a tight end and some as a defensive end. New Texas head coach Steve Sarkisian sees Boardingham filling a hybrid receiver/tight end role for the Longhorns if he decides to go to Austin.
“It’s a true blessing to have these coaches see all of the hard work I’ve been doing and training I’ve been putting in,” he said. “For them to see me in multiple positions is a true blessing and I give all glory to God.”