Texas’ uphill battle for San Antonio Roosevelt four-star cornerback Arrion Springs came to an end Tuesday when the country’s No. 10 corner chose Oregon over the in-state Longhorns.
Springs is in Oregon this week for “The Opening” – a skills competition with the nation’s most elite high school football prospects – and announced Tuesday evening that he will be headed back to the Pacific Northwest for college.
“I will be playing football at the University of Oregon,” he said in an interview on ESPNU.
It was never an easy battle for Texas. Springs was looking out of state from the start as Miami, Oregon and USC were among the teams considered to be the favorites at one time or another. While UT fought back to get into the race, there was never a point in the Springs recruitment in which it appeared the Longhorns were the team to beat.
The Longhorns made a valiant effort late in the game with defensive backs coach Duane Akina leading the charge. They pushed very hard with the impending NCAA sanctions Oregon was facing by getting the 5-foot-11, 192-pound defensive back on campus twice over the last month, including a last-minute unofficial visit on Friday.
The late push by the Longhorns worked to an extent– they were the only other school in consideration on Tuesday – but in the end the NCAA penalties were minimal for the Ducks, and Springs’ desire to go out of state for college won out.
While Texas is likely to stay in contact with Springs until an official letter of intent is signed in February, it will also have to shift focus to its next options in the defensive backfield. Jamal Adams, the state’s No. 2 defensive back, will likely be the next blue-chipper to announce when he chooses between Texas, Texas A&M and Florida in August.
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