NU pushing for Texas cornerback

Northwestern has expressed heavy interest in Frisco, TX. cornerback prospect Ranthony Texada. The speedy standout talks recruiting and NU in this recruiting update.

Ranthony Texada got his chance, and he took full advantage of it.

The 2013 Centennial HS (TX) cornerback was one of 1,200 players selected to participate in the Nike Sparq Combine at Cowboys Stadium (March 28-29). By the time he left, he hoped to add a few more suitors to an already lengthy list.

"It was a good opportunity for me to go out there and show coaches what I can do," Texada said. "There were a bunch of good players there, so I knew I could make a good impression if I stuck out."

It was no surprise to the dual-sport star—Texada also runs track for Centennial—when he clocked a 4.55 in the forty-yard dash, 4.06 shuttle, and 35.2 vertical jump. Those impressive times placed Texada amongst the top players at the workout, where he distinguished himself enough to win a spot on the 24-man All-combine team.

"It was a good accomplishment, a lot of coaches were there," he said. "But those weren't my best times. I can do way better."

Texada then shined in position-specific drills, where he was pitted against some of the nation's top receivers. Several coaches told him that he outplayed his game tape. Better yet, the junior measured in at 5-10, 160-lbs, an inch taller and nearly 10 lbs heavier than previously listed.

"Overall, it was a great two-day weekend. It's helped the recruiting process pick up quite a bit," he said.

Northwestern had been interested in Texada before his eye-popping workout at Cowboys Stadium. Running backs coach Matt MacPherson first contacted him over two and a half months ago and recently visited him at one of his high school's spring practices.

"I liked what coach MacPherson had to say," Texada said. "Northwestern is a great school, in a great location. It's something to think about."

The speedy corner has offers from Nevada, Colorado State, Wyoming, Navy and Western Kentucky, among others. He plans to add to his rapidly-growing list this week, when he visits in-state powerhouses Baylor and TCU. Texada has also received drawn interest from Iowa and Washington in the immediate aftermath of the Sparq workout.

"There are a lot of schools to choose from," he said. "I'm just trying to take everything in right now, but it's good to know that I'm being noticed."

Texada grew up in Minnesota and made several trips Chicago with his parents, but fails to remember those frequent excursions to the Windy City. While deeply intrigued by NU's academic standing, he maintains that its location and conference are the two most important factors.

"It's a great school, the academics are some of the best in the country," he said. "I really like the location, and the fact that they [Northwestern] play in the Big Ten. That's important. My parents always tell me about how nice of a place Chicago is."

Texada hopes to improve on his already impressive combine measurables and gain at least 15 pounds before the start of his senior season. By then, it's likely that his list of offers will have grown substantially.

A good sign for NU, however, lies in the fact that Texada has made several attempts to reach out to MacPherson recently and hopes to make a campus visit over the summer.

"I'm definitely looking forward to hearing more about the school, seeing what they have to offer," he said.

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