June 15, 2009

In-State cornerback picks up offer

Prior to the start of last season Owasso, Okla. defensive back Aaron Colvin was undoubtedly right where he wanted to be. He had college coaches noticing him, Rivals.com had taken notice of his talent, and he played on a team with several well known prospects who would surely bring more coaches to see his game's on Friday night.

Then in the second game of the season the 5-foot-11, 175-pound defensive back suffered an injury that brought all of his attention and notoriety to a screeching halt.

When Colvin returned he admits he wasn't up to speed and wasn't quite himself and in terms of recruiting whatever momentum had been gained last fall had been surrendered.

At that point in time Colvin probably couldn't envision a week in which he would pick up multiple Big 12 offers including both in-state programs and the two-time defending North division champions.

All that being said Colvin says he thought opportunities like Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Missouri, UNLV, North Texas, and Tulsa would come his way but he thought it would be well into his senior year before it happened.

"I didn't think it was going to happen this soon but I thought it would come a little later in the season," Colvin said. "I had the injury in the second game and I'm just trying to get to camps and get my name out there."

Colvin has spent the winter and spring working with the father of 2009 Rivals100 cornerback Gabe Lynn, Tyrone Lynn, and the hard work has paid off with programs around the region starting to take notice of the North Tulsa star.

And if he continues to show up at camps more attention should come his way as it did following his trip to Norman on Saturday and Stillwater on Sunday.

"I feel like I should be able to have this because I feel like I can play with the best, I didn't think it would happen this soon, especially from Oklahoma but I'm glad it did," he said.

Colvin had already picked up offers from Missouri, UNLV, North Texas and Tulsa but knew the Oklahoma one-day camp was a chance to make a leap forward in the consciousness of coaches around the country.

The Tennessee-born prospect says that the trip to Norman went better than even he had hoped.

"You know it was perfect really. I was pretty pumped about it, I was just kind of under the radar and I had to just get my name out," he said.

He says the moment in which he thought Oklahoma might offer him had little to do with defensive backs coach Bobby Jack Wright.

"There was a kid there that asked me if I had an offer and when I told him 'no' the kid said he thought that might change," he said. " After that Coach Wright and coach Bob Stoops came up to me and talked to me about my times and my height and then I felt confident about the offer."

While Oklahoma, and other NCAA programs, aren't allowed to extend an offer while at a camp the Sooners made their intentions clear before erasing any doubt on Sunday.

"Coach Shipp was talking to Tyrone Lynn and since they can't actually offer you at the and coach Shipp was asking if he could get my number," he said. "I called coach Wright and he said we can't actually do this today but we've got something for you on Tuesday and we'll basically take it from there.

"He gave me the info but he couldn't really say it. Then I talked to him (on Sunday) and they made it official."

Throughout the camp on Saturday Colvin had a chance to work with Wright and get a feel for what type of position coach the long-time Sooner assistant is. Colvin says he has a healthy respect for the Sooner coach with the country accent but it wasn't simply built on one day at camp.

"I met him at junior day and I kind of got a good feel for him and I like how he presents himself," he said. "I'd like the chance to work with him.

"He'll get on your but also he'll teach you what you did wrong. I definitely like coach Wright."

It seems that often in Oklahoma's in-state recruiting adventures there are two distinct types, the ones who've waited their whole life for a Sooner offer and those who are more than content to stretch out the recruiting game and see what is out there.

Apparently Colvin is one of those exceptions who seems to fit into neither group.

"I'm from Tennessee and I lived there half my life almost, when I moved to Oklahoma; Oklahoma was the big deal," he said. "I kind of followed them while I was here and I'm still shocked right now honestly and they were telling me how good my feet were compared to guys they've had in the past. That definitely just shocked me that they liked me.

"But I'm going to give people a chance and see what is out there."

Colvin says he may still visit Arkansas and has plans to be at the Colorado NIKE camp but he can't deny that Oklahoma has two distinct advantages that may be tough for any school to overcome.

"I know Gabe of course and Dominique Franks has been so close to me my whole life. Those are guys that have actually played for a school and for coaches so that helps with the recruiting process."

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