Louisville defensive coordinator Vance Bedford made a point to drop by Santos' school during a trip to Texas recently, and the Cardinals are a major factor in his recruitment.
"I think [Louisville] is a pretty good school and I'm looking into it a little more in depth," Santos said. "I've been trying to get in touch with Coach Strong, but I've been talking to Coach Bedford. When he came to school, he messaged me on Facebook and said I reminded him of a player he coached that played for the Chicago Bears. He said he likes my physicality in the run game and that I can really cover."
Santos made 104 tackles, including 14 for loss, with six passes broken up and three interceptions as a junior. He earned all-district and first team junior all-state honors.
Though Santos doesn't seem in a rush to make a college decision, two programs, Louisville and Colorado, are standing out on his list.
"I've been talking a lot to Colorado and Louisville, those two are standing out," Santos said. "Louisville was one of the first to offer me and I like Coach Bedford. He's a good guy. He thinks he can coach me and get me to the next level. And Colorado, I've done research on them, it's really nice there. They have a pretty good Engineering program and that's what I want to major in."
Besides an Engineering program, Santos is looking for an opportunity to play right away in college.
"Playing time and the depth chart in the backfield [are main factors]," Santos said. "I'm looking for an opportunity to get on the field early in my career."
Santos said he isn't planning to make any visits or participate in camps this off-season.