Tuesday, July 2, 2013
Luginbill: CB Springs a big get for Ducks
By Tom Luginbill
Arrion Springs (San Antonio/Theodore Roosevelt) committed to Oregon on Tuesday and our scouts break down what Springs, who is No. 44 in the ESPN 300 and the nation's No. 7 cornerback, brings to the Ducks.
What he brings: A safety's mentality with a corner's skill set. He has the ability to play both positions as well as serve as a nickel on the inside over the slot.
How he fits: His demeanor on the defensive side of the football will bring intensity to Oregon's football team. He's very competitive and takes the game very seriously. Depending on the scheme, he could, over the course of time, moves to safety.
Reminds us of: Former Texas CB Curtis Brown. Same big-bodied type of player who brings the physical nature that you want on the perimeter, but is maybe a better fit as a safety long term.
History of the position: There have been solid players through the years, but this hasn't always been a position of strength for the Ducks. Still, adding a player like Springs could help lure some other top defensive backs to Oregon.
How the class is shaping up: Springs is now Oregon's top commit for the 2014. The ESPN 150 recruit is an appropriate headliner for the frenetic Ducks, having just run a 4.44 40 at The Opening. The numbers are low right now for Oregon and it's important the Ducks coaching staff spends their time wisely in the evaluation effort after the sanctions. If Springs' decision is any indication, though, the recent sanctions against Oregon might not effect its 2014 recruiting efforts.