By Kyle Dierking, NewsOn6.com
OWASSO, OK -- His scholarship offers were few and far between.
"A month ago? Maybe one or two," said Aaron Colvin.
Four games into last season, the Owasso defensive back injured his thumb.
"It was actually broke they said at first, then when I kept playing on it I shattered the whole thing," Colvin said.
That thumb also shattered the rest of his 2008 season.
"Not trying to sound babyish but I actually cried about it. I thought my college experience was over because your junior year is your most important year," Colvin said. "I thought I might have been done. I thought I might have had to start off really, really small and try to work my way back up."
That's exactly what he did. Colvin got an early start to his off-season conditioning. And finally last month he got a chance to get back on the field for camps at Missouri and OU. His great performance garnered scholarship offers from both schools. Then several others followed suit.
"I felt like if I did that good, then maybe the sky is the limit," Colvin said. "I kept grinding, I went to the OSU and picked up that offer. Now it's just kind of flying all over the place."
Colvin has a pair of pals who know a thing or two about being highly recruited - OU cornerbacks Dominique Franks and Gabe Lynn - two former Tulsa-area stars. Just because they're wearing crimson doesn't mean Colvin will be wearing a different shade of red come 2010.
"They're giving me a little advice - a little here and there," Colvin said. "I'll ask them questions all the time, like ‘how do you like it? What's playing time looking like?' Stuff like that. It's not the only place, I have friends at OSU too - that's really not the big, big deal because I have friends at pretty much every college."
Just as one weight's been lifted off his shoulders, some more pressure has been packed on - the pressure to perform.
"I'm coming in with a mission. I want to dominate the game," Colvin said. "I want to be the hype. I'm not trying to be the glory, but I just want people to recognize what I can do because I felt like I didn't get to prove that last year."
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