Sunday, January 13, 2013
High school teammates take UNM visit
By Damon Sayles
Frisco (Texas) Centennial advanced to the Texas Class 4A Division I quarterfinals this past season with the help of athlete Lamar Jordan and cornerback Cydney Calvin. The idea of being teammates in college is alive and well, particularly after this weekend’s official visit.
Jordan and Calvin made the trip to Albuquerque, N.M., to take in the University of New Mexico on an official visit. Jordan, a former Arkansas commit who played quarterback for Centennial, said the trip changed his thought process on what to expect out of the city of Albuquerque.
“I thought New Mexico was going to be like the desert, like nothing would be out there,” Jordan said. “Albuquerque is really beautiful. The campus is nice, and the facilities are great.”
Calvin, a rising cornerback who has seen his stock escalate in the last two months, gave the visit a “9 out of 10” and was happy to have his first visit turn out positively. Both players were hosted by linebacker Richard Winston, and both are being recruited by offensive line coach Jason Lenzmeier.
Calvin also has been hearing extensively from Jeff Mills, who would be his position coach if he chose to sign with the Lobos next month.
“The trip was good; I liked the coaching staff,” Calvin said. “I like Coach Mills; he’s a great guy, I can see myself playing for him. I also like Coach [Bob] Davie. The players were real cool, too.”
Jordan (5-foot-11, 180 pounds) said New Mexico is interested in him playing quarterback in a triple-option type of offense, which fits his style as a dual-threat quarterback. Jordan threw for 2,674 yards, 31 touchdowns and 11 interceptions, but he also threw for 571 yards and nine touchdowns. Jordan has additional offers from Texas State, Air Force, Rice, Navy and Idaho, among others.
“I’m looking at everything as a blessing,” Jordan said. “A lot of people don’t get offers or an official visit. I’m just happy [New Mexico] brought me in.”
Calvin is expected to play cornerback and do the things that made him popular in the months of November and December. He and the cornerback opposite his side, TCU commit Ranthony Texada, formed a solid secondary tandem for Centennial and earned a lot of recognition during the playoffs. Calvin picked up his first offer from Wake Forest early last month, and he has added offers from Colorado State, Idaho and UTSA, among others.
The big question: Will the two Centennial players end up as college teammates?
“I don’t know, but that’d be crazy,” Calvin said. “We haven’t talked about it, but we both know that could happen.”