“It helped them a great deal,” Springs said. “It helped to know how important I am to those guys. Coach [Duane] Akina was saying they were going to go down swinging and they were going to pull out all the stops.”
And they did just that, rolling out the red carpet for the state’s No. 6 ranked prospect. The list of highlights to Springs’ day in Austin was a long one.
“We had really good conversations,” Springs said. “We talked about video games and basketball, and that was a lot of fun. They weren’t trying to sell me, it was more just hanging out and getting to know each other. I think I’d fit in really well there.”
Since coach Mack Brown was on vacation, he invited Springs to a Skype session in his office. The message he sent via that teleconference was a clear one.
“I got to sit in his office, kick back in his chair and put my feet on his desk,” Springs said. “He talked a lot about how they really care about me. I’m not just another recruit to them.”
That claim was certainly bolstered when Texas included a meeting with University of Texas President William Powers on the day’s itinerary. Springs said they had a brief chat, and he appreciated the gesture.
He also appreciated the packet the Texas staff sent home with him. The Longhorns had prepared a presentation that compared all the differences between Texas and Oregon. That gave Springs a lot to consider over the next few days.
“They did their research and did really well,” he said. “They’re total opposites when you compare them.”
Texas’ sales pitch on Friday was heavy on tradition. Springs said meeting the players gave him a better appreciation for how close the “DBU” fraternity is at UT, and Akina sold him on the opportunity to be one of the next great Longhorn DBs.
One factor that might not play a big role in Springs’ decision is Texas’ proximity to his home. Though driving up from San Antonio only took an hour, Springs said his mother is comfortable with him going to Oregon and vowed she’ll watch all his games on TV.
Springs also spent lots of quality time with Akina while on campus and feels he has a good understanding of how he fits into Texas’ plans if he chooses the Horns.
“He reinforced how bad they really want me and was telling me about the role I would have there and the impact I could make,” Springs said. “My freshman year, I would work corner and nickel, and they just want to get me on the field as soon as possible.”
So where do things stand now? Springs declined to say which school is on the lead but admitted Texas has given him a lot to think about. He’s got a lot of thinking to do before Tuesday arrives.
As confused as he feels right now, Springs knows this is a good problem to have. The back-to-back visits were both memorable and impressive, and he’s starting to get the sense he can’t go wrong with either school.
“It’s been a humbling experience,” Springs said. “Coach Akina was even saying both schools are great decisions. It’s really coming down to this: Do I want to be part of a great tradition, or do I want to start a new tradition at Oregon?”