North Dakota Transfer OL Cade Borud Commits to Iowa

Iowa football secures a significant addition to their offensive line from the transfer portal with University of North Dakota transfer Cade Borud's commitment.

University of North Dakota OL Cade Borud
Source: University of North Dakota Athletics - Russell Hons

In a move that could help solidify Iowa's offensive line, Cade Borud, a transfer from the University of North Dakota, has announced his commitment to the Hawkeyes' football program. Borud's decision swiftly followed his visit, coinciding with his attendance at Iowa's practice on Saturday.

After redshirting in 2022, Borud made a significant impact, starting all 12 games at center for North Dakota during the 2023 season. His stellar performance on the field earned him recognition as a Phil Steele FCS Second Team Freshman All-American, highlighting his potential and impact within the collegiate football landscape. With three seasons of eligibility remaining, Borud brings a blend of skill and experience to the Hawkeyes' lineup.

Hailing from Iowa, Borud's roots run deep in the state's football culture. A product of Southeast Polk High School, he shares a connection with current Iowa safety Xavier Nwankpa, further solidifying his ties to the Hawkeye program. After two seasons with North Dakota, Borud's decision to enter the transfer portal opened up new opportunities for him, ultimately leading him back home to Iowa.

Rated as a 3-star prospect in the transfer portal by 247Sports, Borud's addition to Iowa's roster comes at a crucial time. With Borud on board, Iowa gains a steady presence on the offensive line, offering depth and reliability in the trenches. While his arrival may not generate the same buzz as previous transfers, such as Kadyn Proctor from Alabama, Borud's long-term value to the team could prove invaluable.