Texada drifts from Northwestern

Three-star cornerback prospect Ranthony Texada out of Centennial (TX) High School has narrowed his list of suitors to seven, and he is preparing to make a decision in the very near future. Northwestern, however, is no longer on his radar. Which schools are?

The recruitment of Ranthony Texada picked up steam rapidly, with the Texas cornerback picking up no fewer than 17 offers after getting his first – from Western Kentucky – in February.

Now, the process appears likely to end just as abruptly.

Texada has narrowed his list of possibilities to seven, and he is hoping to make a decision sometime shortly after visiting Western Kentucky on Saturday.

However, Northwestern is not among Texada's finalists. Despite appearing to have mutual interest in late May, Texada told PurpleWildcats.com that he hasn't heard from NU in recent weeks.

Rather, Texada is weighing the pros and cons of Baylor, Houston, Illinois, Iowa State, SMU, TCU and Western Kentucky. The list had previously included just six schools, but the 5-foot-9, 160-pound D-back added Houston this week after receiving an offer.

"Those were the schools that I was talking to the most, the schools that came down to watch me practice and the schools that I was comfortable with," Texada explained. "I'm open to all of them right now."

Scout.com's No. 89 cornerback prospect in the class of 2013, Texada plans to sit down with his family after taking in WKU's Bowling Green, Ky., campus and discuss which school best meets what he is looking for: A good coaching staff, a winning environment, an opportunity to contribute and a solid education.

Given the speed with which Texada's offer list has expanded, it is reasonable to ask whether the standout corner is considering putting off a decision until after more schools catch wind of his talents. Texada, however, said he is intent to get off the recruiting carousel prior to the beginning of his senior season.

"At first I was thinking about just holding off and waiting, but I think kind of just want to get it over with before the season starts," he said. "I don't really want to go into the season undecided."

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