At times throughout the spring and early part of summer, it simply seemed inevitable -- San Antonio Roosevelt cornerback Arrion Springs would receive his offer from the Oregon Ducks and commit some time after. All it would take was the offer and then visit to Eugene and then favorable results from the NCAA sanctions handed down.
The offer happened, finally, back in late May after an in-person evaluation by the coaching staff. The trip to Eugene happened. It went well, of course, though the 5'11, 190-pound prospect didn't commit. The sanctions came down, with typically little bite from the increasingly irrelevant and ineffective governing body of college athletics.
The Ducks had all but secured the commitment from Springs, who will make his decision official at The Opening on Tuesday, timing that seemingly favors Oregon, coming down as it will not far from the Ducks' campus in Eugene.
But it may not be over. Springs decided to take a last final trip to Texas before making his pledge. Judging by his Twitter feed, it wasn't a courtesy visit:
Got some thinking to do— Arrion Springs (@A_Springs4) June 28, 2013
Thinking about whether he wants next at DBU or whether he wants to be a part of a talented Oregon secondary hungry to establish their own tradition in the Pacific Northwest. About going out of state, something he has always considered, versus staying close to home, close to his mother, his friends, his family.
For a kid who grew up a USC fan and still harbored ill will towards the Longhorns as recently as last summer for that historic Rose Bowl defeat, even remaining in the mix for his services is a remarkable accomplishment for Texas defensive backs coach Duane Akina, who has sold Springs hard on the tradition at Texas.
And it hasn't been discussed much surrounding the recruitment of the four-star prospect with close to 30 offers from around the country, but if his mother has an impact on his decision, it would seem to favor the proximate school, Texas. There's no compelling or public reason to believe that to be the case, but the possibility still lingers at the margins, potentially relevant.
According to the reports, the final visit was the best that the Longhorns have to offer:
Texas really rolled out red carpet for Arrion Springs today, including a meeting with president Bill Powers in his office #longhorns— Max Olson (@max_olson) June 28, 2013
After speaking with Springs, newest Orangebloods contributor Mike Cravens believes that Texas "made up ground" with the short Friday drive up to Austin.
Will it be enough?
Only time will tell, and soon enough at that. Landing Springs was always a longshot, at best. It would be hard to blame Akina had he conceded early, but the legendary defensive backs coach was just as persistent selling Springs on Texas as he is in coaxing improvement from his charges, so it wouldn't be the greatest upset ever for him to land Springs in the same manner in which he's turned high school athletes afraid of contact into millionaires.
That's what it means to be DBU.