Two years ago, Ranthony Texada was considered one of the top cornerback prospects not only in Texas, but the entire nation. Texada signed with TCU out of Frisco (TX) Centennial as part of the Frogs' 2013 class. After a redshirt season in 2013, he's currently working with the Frogs' first team defense and drawing praise from TCU head coach Gary Patterson on nearly a daily basis.
While Ranthony was making big plays as a senior for Centennial in 2012, another Texada was making big plays as a freshman; his younger brother Raleigh.
Heading into the 2013 season, Centennial was looking for a replacement for Ranthony at corner and luckily for the Titans they had to look no further than Raleigh to fill his shoes. The younger Texada enjoyed a breakout sophomore season totaling 38 tackles and breaking up a team-high 12 passes.
At 5-foot-10, 155-pounds Texada already has good size to play at the next level. Not to mention, he is one of the fastest prospects in the state, consistently running a 10.8 100-meter this year.
With a dad who played at Louisiana Tech and a brother currently at TCU, there's no doubt Raleigh has the athleticism and bloodlines to make it to the next level. Baylor, TCU and Mississippi State have already started communication and he's also received mail from Oklahoma State, Indiana, Tulsa and Cincinnati among others.
Needless to say, recruiting is picking up for the 2016 prospect.
"It's going good so far; Baylor has reached out to me and I've talked to TCU and Mississippi State," Texada said of his recruitment. "Baylor wants me to come watch a practice; they really like my film and my 100 time. Mississippi State also said they really like my film. With TCU, I spoke with Coach (Kenny) Perry the other day and he wants me to come out and watch practice."
For Texada, it was just two years ago when he was a 5-foot-5 freshman and now he's getting interest from some of the top programs around the country. The interest hasn't caught him by surprise as he knows he's put in the hard work and dedication to warrant the attention.
"I've worked hard for this and I had a really good season so I kind of expected it to come early," Texada said. "It just pushes me to work harder; especially for track. I'm consistently at a 10.8 right now and district is coming up."
If he ever has questions on what to watch in the recruiting process, Raleigh knows he can rely on Ranthony to get the best advice available. Big brother has already given him some, and that's to keeping working hard and to create his own path.
"Basically he just tells me to work hard and to just enjoy the process," he said. "He tells me to look at all of my options and just to continue to keep working hard. It helps that he's gone through it and when he comes home from TCU he pushes me really hard in the weight room and he tells me what it's like."
For TCU fans, the thought of having the brothers roaming the secondary together three years from now is very intriguing. Rest assured, Texada does have an interest in the Frogs, but in taking his older brother's advice, he's keeping all of his options open.
"I'm pretty interested in TCU but I'm just enjoying my options," Texada said.
As a dual-sport athlete, Texada hopes to compete in football and track in college. First and foremost, he's looking for a program that has a good location and good academics.
"Location a little and academically; my grades are looking really good right now," he said. "I'm looking at defensive needs too. I really like running track to and would like to run track in college."
Texada plans to attend a TCU practice soon and may also visit Baylor soon as well.