Calderon commits to Rice

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High School Football

Prudy Calderon calls it a blessing. 

The rising senior, who will play quarterback for San Marcos in 2017 but has been recruited to play safety, announced his commitment to Rice on Saturday. Calderon held 12 offers including ones from Texas State, Army, San Diego, Brown, Columbia, Penn and Yale, but when looking at the pros and cons of each school, Rice was the obvious choice. 

“The opportunity is great,” Calderon said. “It’s the number one education school in Texas and the coaching staff is great. I feel like the football program is coming up there. I know I got some dudes around the area that are committed there too. There are some good names. So, hopefully we go in and do some good.”

What were the cons Calderon found in Rice? He doesn’t remember. What stands out to him is the coach staff. Calderon calls head coach David Bailiff, safeties coach Scott Vestal, offensive line coach Ronnie Vinklarek and defensive coordinator/cornerbacks coach Brian Stewart good men that he’s excited to play for. 

Then there’s the top-ranked education in the state that Calderon mentioned – it’s tied as the 15th best university in the United States according to U.S. News and World Reports’ annual college rankings. 

Calderon also likes the school’s location. He called Rice’s campus beautiful, and added that there are a lot of good things around the University. 

Calderon recalls visiting the school three or four times during his recruitment but it was the first visit that sold him on the program. 

“The first time I went there was pretty eye-opening,” Calderon said. “I got to meet with coach Vestal, the safeties coach, and I was like the only safety that was there so I had a lot of one-on-one time with him. That was real cool. Every time I went up there they were just real hospitable.”

Calderon is thankful that he doesn’t have to worry about recruiting during the upcoming season. He doesn’t call his experience during the recruiting process stressful, rather he says having coaches reach out to him was a blessing. 

“I guess just the whole part of where I’m going to see myself in the next four years that’s kind of something that’s kind of nerve wracking,” Calderon said. “I’m not so much stressing about it but I was just kind of here and there – should I go here and the pros and cons of it. I feel good to be kind of settled in.”

Calderon’s decision to pledge to Rice hasn’t fully set in but he’s glad to make his commitment. 

“I just kind of went through the process. Now everyone talks about knowing you’re going to be (at Rice) for four years,” Calderon said. “That’s just a big decision but I’m ready.” 

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