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January 29, 2013

Breaking down the Cydney Calvin commitment

TCU picked up its 19th member of the 2013 class Tuesday when Frisco Centennial's Cydney Calvin committed to the Horned Frogs.

Calvin, who played high school ball with fellow TCU commit Ranthony Texada, became the Frogs' third cornerback pledge of the class, providing the Big 12's No. 1 defense with more depth at perhaps its most loaded position.

Let's break down the Calvin commitment.

The Basics: 6-foot-1, 175 pounds; 4.48 40-yard dash; Rivals 3-star.


The competition: Calvin also held offers from Wake Forest, New Mexico, Texas-San Antonio, Sam Houston State, Idaho and Colorado State. The Demon Deacons and Frogs were his final two choices.

The Backstory: As he did with most schools, Calvin came into the TCU picture late. But that's not to say he wasn't a major priority for the Frogs. Gary Patterson hand-delivered an offer to Calvin, visiting with him and his family a couple weeks ago at their Frisco home for more than two hours.

As Calvin told us yesterday, the last seven games of his senior season is really when he started to pop up on the radar of several colleges. Still, despite having a TCU offer, Calvin seriously considered committing to Wake Forest, where he had already developed a strong relationship with the Demon Deacons' coaching staff. In fact, it wasn't until this past weekend, when Calvin took his official visit to Fort Worth, that he was fully swayed in TCU's direction.

Now, he joins Texada with the Frogs. The duo helped Frisco Centennial to its most successful season ever, which ended in the class 4A quarterfinals. The Titans will send at least five seniors (a record) to the Division One level.

The Impact: With all-American Jason Verrett and experienced junior Kevin White returning, TCU was already deep at cornerback. Now it gets even deeper with the addition of Calvin, who provides TCU with another tall, physical cornerback. Calvin has a similar build to LSU transfer David Jenkins, who will be eligible this season and will compete for playing time starting in the spring. Add Texada and Arlington Bowie's Steve Wesley (another big cornerback) into the mix, and the Frogs' crop of defensive backs looks to be one of the strongest positions in the 2013 class. On top of all of that, Calvin is simply a good guy and solid student, the kind of player Patterson prides his program around.

The Effect: Calvin's addition to the 2013 class bumped TCU up from No. 41 in the Rivals team rankings to No. 35, increasing the Frogs' star average to 2.95. It was previously at 2.94, so there obviously wasn't a huge jump there, but TCU's overall point total jumped from 1420 to 1470.

The Next Step: Bringing in Calvin likely means TCU is done with cornerbacks for the current class. So, where do the Frogs turn their focus now? The biggest remaining targets, in my opinion, are Duke Riley, Daeshon Hall and Andrew Billings. TCU stands in good position with both Hall and Riley. The situation with Billings is somewhat unclear at the moment, but the Frogs have remained in his top three, along with Texas and Baylor.

We'll have an updated outlook on TCU's remaining options Thursday in the War Room.


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