PROSPER, Texas -- While he didn’t get a win Friday night, TCU commit Ranthony Texada (Frisco, Texas/Centennial) got exactly what he wanted.
Additional respect. And tons of it.
The three-star cornerback had Oct. 5 circled on his calendar since the beginning of the season, as he would get the opportunity to line up against ESPN 150 wide receiver and Notre Dame commit Torii Hunter Jr. (Prosper, Texas/Prosper). While Prosper walked away with a 38-36 win over Centennial, Texada had Centennial fans -- and followers of TCU commits -- talking about his part in holding Hunter to only four catches for 22 yards and no touchdowns.
“I felt like I’d been overlooked,” Texada said. “I check all the sites, and I keep dropping [in rank]. I knew I had to make a statement in a big game.
“It was my time to get my opportunity. Torii got his time in 7-on-7 over the summer, and I knew I had to come out and prove I was just as good. I felt like I won that battle, but we have to come out next week and execute to get a win. Those are what count.”
Texada, a 5-foot-9, 160-pound cornerback, broke up several plays intended for Hunter and lined up on Hunter for most of the game. Texada’s expected to play a “field” corner at TCU -- the smaller, faster corner who covers more open turf, but he showed he can also play TCU’s “boundary” corner, the cover guy who protects the shorter side of the field, by defending Hunter.
One player who spoke highly of Texada after the game was Hunter -- who ironically did most of his damage on the field lined up at Texada’s position. Hunter had a 75-yard interception return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter that aided in Prosper’s victory, but he said Texada came ready to play and delivered in a battle of unbeaten teams.
As for Texada, he confirmed after the game that he’s still 100 percent with TCU and looks to show his worth in the Big 12. Recruited by TCU tight ends coach Dan Sharp, Texada chose TCU in July over offers from Baylor, SMU, Western Kentucky, Houston and Iowa State.
“I think what I did here [Friday] is going to transfer over,” Texada said. “They want me to be a return man and play cornerback, and other than a fumble I had, I felt like I did real good on special teams. I feel like I can play anywhere they need me.”