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Sunday, March 24, 2013
Watch List safety talks Texas, Baylor visits

By Damon Sayles

ESPN Watch List safety Arrion Springs (San Antonio/Roosevelt) decided to make the best of a Saturday road trip. Before a junior-day afternoon appearance at Baylor, Springs decided to make a stop in Austin, Texas, for a morning unofficial visit to Texas.

Springs, a 5-foot-11, 185-pound safety, now has offers from both schools, in addition to nine others. He said Baylor and Texas were solid trips for their own respective reasons. When asked about his Texas visit, one name seemed to come up often -- secondary coach Duane Akina.

“[Texas] was really eye-opening,” Springs said. “They have awesome facilities, and Coach Akina is awesome. He is energetic and very experienced.”

After Texas, Springs made the trek up Interstate 35 to Baylor and had a chance to meet up with coaches and also check out Baylor’s new gear for the 2013 season. The Bears will sport a variety of new uniforms that proved to be attractive to all the players in attendance for junior day.

“It was cool; I liked the new jerseys,” Springs said. “They are really on the come-up.

“I also like [secondary] coach [Carlton] Buckles. He is really cool and a player’s coach.”

Springs said he has plenty of time to make a decision, and he is expected to pull a few more offers this spring. He finished his junior year with 63 tackles, four interceptions, seven pass breakups and a sack. As a sophomore, Springs recorded 75 tackles and an interception.

Springs has run the 40-yard dash in a Nike SPARQ combine-verified 4.46 seconds. His time is the fastest in the nation among all safeties. Springs also has a 34-inch vertical.