ESPN 150 DB Springs has new No. 2 

May, 17, 2013
Texas’ recruiting weekend during the state track meet didn’t lead to any new commitments, but it did help the Longhorns’ chances of landing ESPN 150 defensive back Arrion Springs.

The San Antonio Roosevelt corner drove up to Austin on Saturday morning to meet with defensive backs coach Duane Akina. Though Springs wasn’t there long, the visit did more than enough to push Texas up his list.

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Tom Hauck for Student SportsArrion Springs, who is No. 44 in the ESPN 150, moved the Longhorns up a spot in his top three.
“Texas is No. 2 on my list right now from the visit last week,” Spring said. “It would be Oregon, Texas and then Miami. Texas is not really a backup plan -- it’s really just between Oregon and Texas.”

Texas had been trailing both out-of-state programs going into the visit. Two things made Springs’ time on campus a valuable one for getting close to a decision. The first was the time he spent one-on-one with Akina.

“Me and Coach Akina got to sit down and chat and talk about football and how they’re going to use me, his style and my style,” Springs said. “It was a little more business this time. We got to actually sit down and talk -- he didn’t have to try to impress my mom or anything. I got to see the real coach. I want to get to the NFL, he wants to help me get to the NFL. We see eye to eye on things.”

The other big factor is the new interest Texas is showing in Springs' teammate and close friend, Roosevelt defensive tackle Trae Gardner.

The 6-foot, 254-pound lineman accompanied Springs on his visit this weekend and was told he could have a shot at an offer and a spot in the Texas class if he performs well at camp next month.

Springs and Gardner have been close friends since the fourth grade. He’s hoping Gardner can get offered by both Texas and Oregon, so that they can make their decision together.

“Trae wants to go to Texas, and I wouldn’t mind going there. It’s a good school,” he said. “We’re trying to stay together, but I don’t know if that will really happen. If my best friend is going to Texas, and I want to roll with him, I don’t know ... it would be crazy.”

Oregon has a firm hold on the No. 1 spot in Springs’ recruitment. The Ducks sent secondary coach John Neal to Roosevelt on Tuesday to scout the nation’s No. 44 prospect, and an offer should be coming soon once he approves it with new head coach Mark Helfrich.

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