- Damon Sayles, RecruitingNation
In four days, Ranthony Texada (Frisco, Texas/Centennial) will get his wish.
All the 5-foot-9, 160-pound cornerback has wanted was a legitimate chance to show his worth in front of scouts and analysts. He’ll do so Sunday at the Nike Football Training Combine at the Dallas Cowboys practice facility in Irving, Texas.
Texada currently has an offer to play at Western Kentucky, but he’s looking at Sunday as a chance to step away from being considered an underrated, undersized cover corner.
“To me, this is real big,” Texada said. “I get to go out there with all the other top players – guys who are ranked – and go prove I’m a top player, too. This will be big for me in recruiting.
“There’s going to be a lot of excitement. A lot of guys will be there, and they’ll all be ready to go.”
Texada is a rising cornerback who also could have a college future as a special teams returner. In addition to returning two interceptions for touchdowns, he also scored on three punt returns and a kickoff return in 2011.
Texada’s recruiting stock has picked up in recent weeks. He had zero offers and very few looks around the end of January. Texada now is on the radar of a few schools, most recently Washington and Colorado State.
He has received correspondence additionally from Kansas State, Wisconsin, Mississippi State, Northwestern, Stanford and Oregon. Texada is hoping that interest can turn into scholarship offers soon, and a strong showing at the combine definitely can assist.
“I just want to show I’m a hard-working guy,” he said. “I want to show I can go against the best and compete at the highest level.”
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