Oregon received a commitment from one of the top players in the state of Texas and the country today as Arrion Springs chose the Ducks over the Texas Longhorns. Springs announced his decision at Nike's The Opening in Beaverton, Oregon. The decision came as no surprise to those who have followed his recruitment as Springs has favored the Ducks for a while.
Springs is Oregon's first commitment in the 2013 class from the state of Texas but continues a trend of pulling top players from the state that dates back to Chip Kelly's arrival on campus. A consensus four star recruit, Springs had offers from over 20 D-1 schools, including Oklahoma, Tennessee, Florida State, Washington, Clemson, and Miami.
Steven Muma of SBNation had this to say about Springs in February:
Capable of running the alley in run support and manning up on the best receivers from other teams, the San Antonio product as the overall speed to play cornerback in college, though his technique, particularly his footwork, needs some refinement.
What was impressive to see during a live viewing at a 7on7 event last summer was just how physical Springs was willing to get. Though such settings technically forbid such contact, Springs wasn't dissuaded.
While Springs has long been a strong lean towards Oregon, Texas made a late push for his services, no doubt pointing to DB coach Duane Akina's ability to put players in the NFL. However, Springs has long expressed a desire to play away from home, and was no doubt swayed by Oregon DB coach John Neal's ability to put players in the NFL as well, including Jairus Byrd, Patrick Chung, and T.J. Ward. You can watch his highlight video from the Dallas NFTC training camp below: