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Friday, March 22, 2013
DB Waz takes in Texas spring practice

By Max Olson

Chance Waz didn’t leave Texas with an offer on Thursday, but he didn’t expect one. This unofficial visit was just the beginning for the Pflugerville (Texas) Hendrickson defensive back.

Chance Waz
Texas will continue to evaluate 2014 defensive back Chance Waz.
Waz made the short drive down to Texas’ campus for an afternoon practice. Getting to mingle with Vince Young and ex-Longhorn defensive backs Aaron Ross, Cedric Griffin and Nathan Vasher was easily the highlight, but Waz took away more than that from his time on campus.

For the 5-foot-11, 173-pound cornerback prospect, spending quality one-on-one time with UT secondary coach Duane Akina was the goal for the day.

“Watching Coach Akina do his thing was fun,” Waz said. “He’s real calm, but when things don’t work he’ll jump your butt. The way he has fun, that he’s not always serious and he cracks jokes with his players, was good to see.”

After practice ended, Akina gave Waz his phone number and promised to stop by Hendrickson this spring to take a closer look.

Waz wasn’t expecting much more than that considering this was the first time he’d met the coach, but he was happy to hear Akina is interested.

“He told me to not get discouraged if things don’t pop off right away, because he’s a slow evaluator,” Waz said. “He was telling me he really likes my film and he wanted me to come down there and see how he coaches.”

Though there were several visitors on campus Thursday, Waz spent most of the practice session with ESPN Watch List safety Steven Parker (Jenks, Okla./Jenks).

“We were with each other the whole time,” Waz said. “He looked tall. I’ve never seen his highlight but he must be a good player since he said he had 14 offers. He seemed real cool and chill.”

Colorado and Utah have shown interest, but taking the UT visit only confirmed what he had known all along: If Texas ever offered him a scholarship, Waz would commit immediately.

But he’s fine with waiting and seeing what other schools begin to recruit him. Waz would love to be a Longhorn, but he’ll keep in touch with Akina and hopes to impress the coach more later this spring.

“I’m just crossing my fingers,” he said.