The majority of college programs are putting their finishing touches on their 2013 class. Waiting for the spotlight, which some have already drawn, are the juniors of 2014.
Combines have already started for the underclassmen, following will be camps and junior days. These seniors to be will get introduced into the whirlwind that is division one college football recruiting. Nevermind that they can't receive a formal scholarship offer until August 1, 2013.
One local 2014 prospect who is already considered a high major recruit, is SA Roosevelt's Arrion Springs. The 5'11" 190lb defensive back landed on the radar of big time programs last summer and his follow up performance this year cemented that he'll be a high major target.
He holds one offer, as Texas Tech already extended. Florida, Oregon, Nebraska, Baylor, USC, and a host of others have already either stopped by Roosevelt or made contact. Florida and Oregon do standout some to Springs, but he is said to be completely open to all programs.
Springs already has a nice frame and good build. He has good speed, timing as fast as a 4.45, but consistently running in the 4.5 range. His speed just doesn't show up on charts, it translates onto the filed.
On some plays Springs lines up on the left side of the formation, then will switch over to the right side. His versatility doesn't stop there. He'll line up in the slot as a nickel corner and then where he primarily plays, deep in the secondary as a ball hawking safety.
The Gators are recruiting Springs as a cornerback, so are other programs. While Oregon wants him as a hybrid safety.
Range, size, speed, and his play on the field makes him one of the top recruits in all of the area for 2014. He logged 54 tackles, 4 interceptions, 2 fumble recovers, and a blocked field goal as a junior. Of those turnovers, he returned one INT for a pick six and a fumble recovery for a scoop and score.
Springs played an integral part in his teams spectacular turnaround. Roosevelt went from 2-8 last year to an area appearance in the playoffs and a 9-3 finish.
Even with the season over, there isn't much rest for Springs. He is currently suiting up for the Roosevelt soccer team and getting ready for the combine and junior day circuit.
He's in no rush to make a decision and knows what he's looking for in a program.
"I'm looking for a great DB coach that runs a great defense in a good conference," said Springs.
The hometown program has yet to make contact, but Springs is well aware of UTSA.
"If UTSA offered, I would look into it and take it into consideration."