The San Antonio area has produced a bevy of excellent defensive backs in the past few classes, with current Texas commitment Erik Huhn (Cibolo Steele), Oklahoma State commitments Jordan Sterns (Steele) and Tre Flowers (Converse Judson) and Baylor commitment Austin Jupe (San Antonio East Central) all headed to Big 12 destinations. All are safety-type athletes, with Jupe starting off his career at Baylor as a cornerback and Huhn potentially bumping down to linebacker at the next level.
But in a year with such great safety play (and, it should be noted, with Huhn sitting out because of injury), the best safety might be a class of 2014 player in San Antonio Roosevelt's Arrion Springs.
At 5-11 and 190 pounds, Springs represents more of a centerfield type than a strong safety, though he could also totally excel at the nickel safety role utilized by a number of Big 12 teams to combat the spread. He's plenty physical, doesn't typically back away from contact and is a pretty sure tackler in space.
But while all of those attributes are apparent — Springs made multiple outstanding space plays to potentially save touchdowns — the reason Springs is a special prospect is his speed and his range. In watching him, he broke up one pass with an outstanding break on the ball, which he followed a few plays later by running across the field and padding up on a ball carrier. He doesn't just flash either, making the routine play when it needs to get made. He missed one tackle that I saw, where he came in and tried to throw his shoulder into a guy. But other than that, he was an impressive player in a losing effort.
Springs is a guy who will continue to develop. But his athleticism and his skill set make him arguably the top safety right now in the CenTex area, and potentially a top-25 in-state player in the Class of 2014.