The sky’s the limit for talented young gun Lucas Borrow.
After starting his AFL career with the Cardiff Hawks at the age of five, Borrow spent six years in the Sydney Swans academy and went on to captain the Newcastle representative team.
However, an unfortunate injury in 2017 saw him pursue a different dream – one shared by an increasing number of Hunter athletes.
“I broke my arm [that year] and then saw a mate was being a punter overseas,” Borrow says.
His mate, Mitch Crawford, is now set for his senior year of college football in the United States.
Crawford followed a similar path to Borrow, starring in the Black Diamond AFL competition with Newcastle City Blues before joining the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) for two seasons and then transferring to Michigan State University in April.
Fellow convert Isaac Pearson, a former Cardiff and Lake Macquarie Dockers star, also announced last month he had signed with the Texas Longhorns.
All three went through the Prokick Australia program – widely regarded as one of the world’s premier developers of American punters.
“I heard about Prokick Australia and moved to Melbourne to train for 12 months, then tried to get a scholarship overseas,” Borrow says.
Indiana’s Ball State University eventually came calling and snapped up the 20-year-old after he impressed in a workout over FaceTime.
Fresh off receiving a scholarship with the Cardinals, Borrow visited his hometown to spend some time with his family and then returned to Melbourne.
He now hopes to fly back to the US in the next fortnight to prepare for the college football campaign, which usually kicks off around September.
The Cardinals were originally scheduled to face Maine Black Bears in the first round of the NCAA before taking on Michigan at Michigan Stadium – the third largest stadium in the United States with a capacity of almost 110,000.
However, the season remains in limbo because of the COVID-19 outbreak, and Borrow appears determined to not look too far down the track amid the uncertainty.
“I want to make it to the NFL one day – that’s the dream, it’s everyone’s goal,” he says.
“But I’ve got four years of college football [first] and we’ll see what happens after that.”
Visit Ball State University’s website for regular updates.