Huhn said it was even better that the offer came at the end of a camp session. Steele doesn't ask its safeties to play much man, so Akina told Huhn he wanted to see if he could do it. That Huhn received an offer afterwards was confirmation that he could, and finished off a day of "hard coaching" from the defensive backs guru.
"Coach Akina said that's how he would coach us when we got up there," Huhn said. "He coached me hard, but that's what I like. He's helping me get better."
It would be hard to find too many faults in Huhn's game already. He picked off eight passes a year ago, while serving as a tackling machine despite often playing a deep safety spot. He intercepted two passes in a showdown with Austin High and Texas receiver Cayleb Jones.
"I'm going to play hard every play," Huhn said, describing his style of play. "I'm going to come [downhill] and make big hits. Fans like that. And I can make plays on the ball, too."
All of those traits are backed up with film, and at 6-foot-3, 205 pounds and running a 4.47 40-yard dash, Huhn certainly has the athletic traits to pull those plays off at the next level.
But last season didn't quite end the way Huhn, or Steele, wanted it to. The Knights captured the 5A-2 State Championship in 2010, then made an undefeated run to the title game in 2011, only to fall to a loaded Spring Dekaney team with five-star running back Trey Williams.
"Nobody wants to lose, and losing in the state championship game makes it that much worse," Huhn said. "It's extra motivation. Coach has been talking about it all year. You don't want to feel that way again. You want to feel the win.
"We expect to win it this year," Huhn said. "We've been working hard."
Huhn's work ethic could also be seen through his older brother, Shane Huhn, who signed with UTEP after the 2010 championship season. And Erik said that Shane helped him through the recruiting process, telling him to "make sure you're comfortable with wherever you decide to go."
That certainly wasn't a problem at Texas.
"We never had a favorite team growing up, but I always knew Texas was 45 minutes down the street," Huhn said. "The tradition is awesome. I've seen some of the games, and they were awesome. That's just where I wanted to go."
And that's exactly what he said to Akina, after the Texas coach offered him a scholarship.
"He told me they wanted me," Huhn said. "I told him, this is where I want to be."