Texada looking forward to next step

Ranthony Texada was recently named to the Midlands All-Region team.

It was a good season for Ranthony Texada. For starters, he helped his team advance further than any other team in Frisco Centennial history with the Titans advancing to the fourth round of the Texas class 4A playoffs.

He did his part too by routinely shutting down opponents top receivers. On the season he collected 65 tackles while recording 4 interceptions. He also broke up an amazing 22 passes. For his efforts Texada was easily named all-district and was recently named to the Fox Sports NEXT All-Midlands Region second-team.

Now the next step is making the transition to the next level, which he'll do so at TCU starting next summer. Texada visited the Ft. Worth campus last week for his "official" visit.

"The visit went good, me and my dad went up there and I've seen a lot of the place already but we just got a better view of it," he said. "I got to hang out with most of the players. My host was Sam Carter; he's a good guy and he showed me around and I hung out with him on Thursday and Friday. I talked with the coaches and they were telling me how I'll fit in and stuff."

With TCU playing 16 true freshmen in the 2012 season, it wouldn't surprise many if players from the 2013 play right away. Texada is thought of as being one of those players who could see early playing time and he's been told by Frogs' head coach Gary Patterson to be prepared.

"I talked with Coach P before we left and he was just telling me how excited he was with me coming there," he said. "With Verrett, they're telling me if he stays that they want me to learn under him and if he ends up leaving I have a pretty good shot at competing for a spot. Coach Sharp was also telling me they're going to definitely need me on special teams for kickoff and punt return. I'm going to have to go in there and compete, just like normal."

Speaking of Verrett, Texada had the chance to sit down and pick the brain of the All-American corner while in town. To no surprise, Texada has a lot to admire about Verrett.

"We got to hang out, we actually went to his place and talked about the game and he's a real good dude," Texada said of Verrett. "I look up to him, he's a good athlete. Him and Sam just told me that everybody is older and that you have to come in and work hard and everything will fall into place if you're doing the right thing."

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