Shutdown CB Cydney Calvin on the rise

If nothing else, Cydney Calvin (Frisco, Texas/Centennial) picked the right time to get noticed.

While his football team saw its 2012 season come to an end last Friday, Calvin might have watched his stock skyrocket during the postseason.

Once a wide receiver, Calvin was converted into a cornerback, and the 6-foot, 175-pound athlete made a name for himself with impressive coverage skills and playmaking ability. He was tested once deep last week against Tyler (Texas) John Tyler, and he won his matchup.

Calvin quickly became a nice complement for TCU commit Ranthony Texada, who plays at the other cornerback position for Centennial. Now Calvin is focusing on a college football career. He recently picked up his first FBS offer from Wake Forest, and he also has an offer from Division II Emporia State.

“In the beginning of the season, I was kind of like a rookie,” Calvin said. “I came from being a receiver in the spring, but I’d been working out all summer with good players like Ranthony and Jamal Adams (Carrollton, Texas/Hebron). When I got to the season, I had a problem with tackling at first, but I started getting more confident and learned the position.

“Now, I feel like I have this position on lock.”

Calvin also has interest from New Mexico, Colorado State and Tulsa. He’s got an official visit to New Mexico set for Jan. 11 and an official to Wake Forest on Jan. 18. He’s looking to set an official to Colorado State for Jan. 25.

Calvin runs the 40-yard dash in 4.48 seconds. He has a 37-inch vertical and runs the 20-yard shuttle in 4.01 seconds. In addition to being a shutdown cornerback, Calvin showed his worth on special teams as a punt returner.