The following is the post I was referring to that confused me. It's about phone issues with non-stock roms on sprint unlocked phones.
Well, it looks like the 100% sure way to get this working is to do the outlined steps in the post linked above to the nightly builds of CM11, which I will link below (notice the spr/att designation at the end of the link)...
Other way looks to grab a jflteatt labeled rom from the Sprint Android dev subforum, but it looks more hit or miss. I might be way off and overthinking this, but I'm gonna try the mix/match way.