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Tuesday, January 29, 2013
TCU picks up 'Boundary' CB

By Damon Sayles

Cornerback Cydney Calvin (Frisco, Texas/Centennial) remembers back in November when he was still a relative unknown in the recruiting ranks. He didn’t have a ton of looks, but with every play made, he seemed to garner more attention.

Two weeks ago, TCU dipped its toe into the Calvin sweepstakes. It was Calvin’s first Big 12 offer and ninth overall. On Tuesday, Calvin chose to end his recruiting process with a verbal pledge to the Horned Frogs, becoming the team’s 19th commitment of the 2013 recruiting class.

“I feel great man,” Calvin said. “Just to get the opportunity, it’s a blessing, man. I’ve had to put in a lot of work, but I’m just happy with where I’m at now.”

Centennial fans probably celebrated as much as TCU fans on Tuesday. Calvin will be joining high school teammate Ranthony Texada, a three-star cornerback. While Texada is expected to play the “Field” cornerback spot for TCU -- designed more for the smaller, quicker backs -- Calvin, at 6 foot and 170 pounds, is expected to play the “Boundary” cornerback spot – designed for the bigger, more physical backs.

“That’s going to be crazy,” Calvin said. “Most of the field is going to be shut down.”

Calvin, recruited by cornerbacks coach Clay Jennings, visited TCU over the weekend and enjoyed the overall experience. He said he and Jennings continued to build on an already-solid relationship, and he had a chance to bond with some of his future teammates.

Calvin chose TCU over Wake Forest and New Mexico. He also had offers from Colorado State, UTSA and Idaho.

“I feel like I’m in a good place, a good environment,” he said. “Now I can go do great things with Rant. We’re looking to lock down the field and make the best of our futures.”