BSB Recruiting Flashback: Shawn Springs

Fifteen years ago, Ohio State got a big lift with the commitment of a standout corner from Maryland one day after 20 of his peers signed national letters of intent to become Buckeyes.

The 1993 Ohio State football recruiting class got a late lift from a legacy: high school All-America cornerback Shawn Springs.

Though his father, Ron, was a standout Buckeye running back in the late 1970s, the younger Springs took his time in deciding to follow in dad's footsteps.

In fact, Springs did not make his choice official until the day after signing day.

"It was a tough, tough decision," Shawn, a Silver Springs (Md.) Silverbrook product, told BSB then. "I thought it would be easier than it was. The fact that my father went to Ohio State had some bearing on my decision, but it really didn't have any bearing on it, if you know what I mean."

The younger Springs, listed 6-0 and 180 pounds with a 4.5-second 40-yard dash, ran for 713 yards and made 106 tackles with two interceptions and 29 pass deflections as a senior.

The SuperPrep All-America selection chose Ohio State after also visiting Michigan, Penn State, Wisconsin and Syracuse.

"I had to make this decision for me, not for him and not for the people who remember when he played at Ohio State," Shawn said. "In the end I chose the school I thought was best for me."

Ron Springs, at the time still 10th on the all-time OSU rushing list, admitted that he harbored a secret wish that his son would attend Ohio State.

Until Shawn settled on his final destination, however, the father kept those thoughts to himself.

"I wanted him to make sure that he attended a school of his own choosing," Ron Springs said. "Sure, I wanted him to go to Ohio State, but he had to make up his own mind. I won't lie, though, and tell you I wasn't happy when he told me what his plans were."

The younger Springs joined the fold about 24 hours after the rest of the 1993 class signed letters of intent on national signing day.

Also joining the class late were Tommy Willis, a defensive back from Griffin, Ga., and Andy Dawson, a lineman from Shelby, Ohio.

The Buckeyes offered Dawson a scholarship despite his missing all of his senior season while recovering from a broken leg.

Michigan had the consensus top-rated class in the Big Ten, while Ohio State's class was rated anywhere from second to seventh in the conference.

For a full view of the OSU Class of 1993, check out next week's print edition of Buckeye Sports Bulletin.

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