- Ted Miller, ESPN Staff Writer
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Oregon apparently doesn't need Willie Lyles to lure hot Texas prospects to Eugene.
The Ducks picked up a commitment from cornerback Arrion Springs (San Antonio, Texas/Theodore Roosevelt) at Nike's "The Opening" showcase on Tuesday. The No. 44 prospect in the nation chose the Ducks over Texas, but he also was offered by Arizona, Arizona State, Clemson, Florida State, Miami, Notre Dame and Oklahoma, among others.
He's Oregon's seventh -- and highest rated -- commitment so far.
Further, his commitment shows the Ducks aren't abandoning their recruiting effort in Texas, even if the program has disassociated itself from Lyles, the former recruiting scout who was the source of the Ducks' recently resolved NCAA troubles.
"I get along really well with the Oregon coaches," Springs said. "They all click, and it's fun being there. Oregon would use me all over, mainly at corner or nickel."
Springs clocked a 4.44 40-yard dash, a 4.13 shuttle and had a 35.8-inch vertical at The Opening's SPARQ testing.
Here's ESPN recruiting guru Tom Luginbill's take, though he might need to brush up on the recent history of Oregon defensive backs (John Boyett, Jairus Byrd, Patrick Chung, Walter Thurmond and T.J. Ward, as well as the nation's best cornerback combination entering the 2013 season).
Here's the Texas take, which suggests this battle might not be over.
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