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Saturday, February 23, 2013
Watch List S Springs talks combine, offers

By Sam Khan Jr.

SHENANDOAH, Texas -- ESPN Watch List safety Arrion Springs (San Antonio/Roosevelt) made the journey east to the Houston area to improve on his SPARQ score last season, and hopefully score an invite to The Opening, while at the Nike Football SPARQ Combine on Saturday at Woodforest Bank Stadium.

While he might not have scored what he wanted, he still put up an impressive performance.

"I thought I was going to score a lot higher and get an Opening invite," said Springs, who posted a SPARQ rating of 107.07. "But I didn't do as well as I thought I was. But I will be back in Dallas to get my Opening invite."

Springs plans to hit the SPARQ combine in Dallas this April to finish what he started. In the meantime, he posted a blazing fast 4.46-second 40-yard dash on Saturday. That's one reason why the 5-foot-11, 185-pound prospect has five offers to choose from: Baylor, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas Tech and Vanderbilt.

Springs has attended junior days at Oklahoma and Texas Tech so far. He said he currently does not have any plans for another junior day but might hit spring practices at both Baylor and Oklahoma.

The trip to Norman, Okla., was good, Springs said.

"It was pretty good," he said. "I liked the campus and everything's right there, so it's convenient. And they take academics really seriously."

Springs, who had four interceptions and two fumble recoveries in his junior season at Roosevelt, said he is building a good relationship with the Texas Tech coaches as well.

"It's a building program," Springs said. "They've got new coaches and everything. They're full of energy. I like the coaches and they're cool. And they take academics seriously as well.

Red Raiders cornerbacks coach Kevin Curtis is recruiting Springs for Texas Tech. Springs is also getting to know Baylor defensive line coach Chris Achuff well.

"Coach Curtis is a free spirit," Springs said. "He's very funny. Coach Achuff is funny, but he knows when to get serious too and he's easy to talk to."

Springs said he is also receiving interest from Boise State and Oregon currently, though they haven't offered yet. Academics is at the top of his list of things he's looking for in a program. Also, he's looking closely at the secondary coaches of each program.

"Just how good the DB coach is there and how he develops his players and stuff [is important]," Springs said.