The Nat Borchers Phenomenon strikes me as extremely interesting, and leads to the inevitable question: Is Nat Borchers Exceptional? By "exceptional" I don't mean to say that Nat might be the next Rio Ferdinand. How good he really is now, and how good he becomes over the long term, is still a pretty murky and unpredictable prospect. But there's no doubt we have seen some pretty phenomenal play out of him in a very short period of time. No, by "exceptional" I mean this: are there other players, like Borchers, completely and totally off the radar screen, who, if put in the right situation at the right time, can really shine? Let's face it. If anybody fits the phrase "come out of nowhere" this kid is the one. Are there other guys in nowhere-land who could replicate this? Is there any way we can rationally and with some precision identify these guys? The Jonathan Spector development arc seems to me to be analogous to the Borchers situation. While he was more "on the radar" than Borchers, Spector seemed to be headed for youth national team mediocrity. Then, voila, off to Manchester United. I don't have an answer to any of this, but it seems only logical, given how many guys are playing at reasonably high levels, that there exists ANOTHER Nat Borchers out there at least -- and maybe a half-dozen Nat Borchers or more. Where are they? How can we find them? CAN we find them??