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Friday, June 21, 2013
ESPN 300 DB Springs ready to decide

By Max Olson

There’s no doubt now about which school is in the lead for ESPN 300 defensive back Arrion Springs.

Following his three-day trip to Oregon this week, the nation’s No. 44 ranked recruit from San Antonio Roosevelt said he’s no longer confused on whether Texas or Oregon is the favorite to secure his pledge.

“Oregon is definitely No. 1,” Springs said. “Yeah, they’re No. 1.”

Springs’ decision is coming soon. He is now planning to make his announcement at The Opening, and the Ducks and Longhorns are officially Springs’ two finalists going forward.

The Nike Football event takes place in Oregon from June 30 to July 3, and Springs is looking forward to getting back to the state following a visit that thoroughly impressed him.

“It was awesome. It exceeded my expectations,” Springs said. “It’s a great time to be at Oregon, and they’re doing big things right now. The vibe was good and they’re doing good things. Nothing but positives.”

Before he does decide, Springs said he’ll make one final visit to Texas on June 28. He and the Texas coaching staff had set up this visit before his Oregon trip, and the Longhorns will get one last chance to win him over.

“I’m just going to hear their last pitch before I go make my decision,” he said. “My mom and I will go up that day and visit and hang out with Mack Brown and coach [Duane] Akina before I go to Oregon.”

Springs had nothing but good things to say about his time in Oregon. He got a full tour of campus his first day in town, attended camp on the second and went home feeling every question he had about the program had been answered.

He spent time with native Texans-turned-Ducks Josh Huff and Bralon Addison as well as B.J. Kelley and Oshay Dunmore, and the Oregon coaching staff made Springs feel at home.

“We all get along well and click,” he said. “Coach [John] Neal, he’s like a father figure to me and a great person. Me and coach [Scott] Frost get along great, and me and coach [Mark] Helfrich get along, too. The whole staff was great. There isn’t a thing about them I don’t like or don’t want to be a part of.”

Naturally, one of the big questions Springs hoped to answer during his visit was how comfortable he’d feel about going far from home for his college ball.

“I’m not really too worried about it,” he said. “Oregon is really not that far for me to come back home sometimes, and I’m ready to get away. I’ve been here my whole life. Eugene seems like the place to be.”

The Oregon weather also ended up being an important factor for Springs. He was a big fan of the low humidity and the tree- and mountain-filled scenery around the Ducks’ campus, a welcomed change from what he’s use to in San Antonio.

Still, Springs said it’s not exactly easy to compare Oregon and Texas, especially when it comes to making this final decision.

Oregon leads, yes, but he has reasons for liking both schools.

“They’re pretty much opposites,” Springs said. “Texas is a big city and Eugune is a small college town. They both have great fan support and facilities, great DB coaches. It’s just how I feel there, since I’m going to be there for a long time.”

The Oregon visits wowed Springs, there’s no question about that, but he still thinks his college choice will be a tough one.

Once he makes that one last visit to Texas, Springs will be ready to make up his mind.

“I’m leaning toward Oregon a lot harder now,” he said, “but I’m sure coach Akina and Mack Brown have some tricks up their sleeve for my final visit there.”