Talent evaluation plays a vital role in the success of any program. Coaches from across the nation attempt to breathe new life into youngsters while helping them achieve what was once thought unattainable. Discovering a "diamond in the rough" occurs frequently on the collegiate level as 3-star recruits transition into top NFL prospects. The Oklahoma Sooners currently boast a player sitting in this very situation on their roster.
Aaron Colvin was rated as a 3-star recruit coming out of Owasso High School after earning Defensive Player of the Year honors. However, it was on the 6A Oklahoma Circuit that this talented defensive back began to grow accustomed to opposing quarterbacks not throwing his way. With offers from Missouri, Tulsa, and Oklahoma St. on the table, Colvin dreamed of being a Sooner. When the offer came, it was a quick and easy decision to make.
"It took a lot of pressure off me, so I could just concentrate on my senior year. I'm comfortable with how everything has played out." - Aaron Colvin
During his freshman year, Colvin earned himself playing time as a backup cornerback in all 14 games. With a handful of defensive talent exiting the program, the near future held other plans for this rising star. A standout freshman with experience, this kid learned he skill set proved valuable elsewhere on the field. The coaches nudged him over to strong safety heading into his sophomore season.
The former All-State corner embraced this newly found role. In fact, Colvin excelled at the safety position recording a team high 84 tackles. Without warning the tides once again changed heading into his junior year as Colvin was moved back to cornerback, his natural position.
Finding his stride, Colvin quickly garnered attention from NFL scouts while becoming a fan favorite. With 61 tackles, 2 sacks, 4 interceptions, and 11 passes broken up, another decision required immediate attention...whether or not to declare himself eligible for the NFL Draft.
"I can't lie, it was a very, very hard decision for me." - Aaron Colvin
The final verdict of the dilemma was announced as SoonerNation breathed a heavy sigh of relief. Aaron Colvin made it known that he would returning for a senior season in order to finish what he started. Colvin will graduate with his Bachelor's Degree in December and in doing so closes the book on one of his many goals.