Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Sooners' atmosphere impresses Foreman
By Bob Przybylo
Three-star safety Tyler Foreman (Encino, Calif./Crespi Carmelite) wasn’t sure what to expect going into his official visit at Oklahoma.
Foreman admitted he had no idea about the Oklahoma environment. But after spending a weekend in Norman, he wouldn’t mind coming back.
“It’s a great place. It’s a place I can see myself going to for the next four years,” Foreman said. “The visit was a lot better than what I expected.”
Distance is not a factor for three-star safety Tyler Foreman.
It was also the first time Foreman interacted with other OU coaches besides OU defensive backs coach Mike Stoops.
Foreman, who is 6-foot-2 and 161 pounds, is rolling in with offers now. But when Stoops initially reached out to Foreman in the spring, he was an unknown commodity.
Stoops was persistent in trying to get Foreman to take a trip and see the campus and be a part of the atmosphere. Foreman is glad Stoops didn’t give up.
“The fans there are ridiculous,” Foreman said. “There were like 80,000 people all just going nuts the entire time. It was crazy.”
Foreman didn’t want to make an impulsive decision but said the visit couldn’t have gone any better despite the fact OU lost to Kansas State.
It was the first official visit for Foreman, and he said it’s going to be tough to top. He is scheduled to visit Utah next month and also lists California and UCLA as his other top schools, though no visit dates have been set for either school.
“One loss doesn’t affect anything,” Foreman said. “This past decade all OU has done is played for Big 12 and national championships. It’s not like everything is going to fall apart because of one game.”
Foreman was hosted by freshman wide receiver Derrick Woods. Even though Woods has not seen the field, Foreman said Woods said OU has been a good fit for him and things are going well.
Since Foreman is a Cali product, he also spent a lot of time with the Cali Trio of running back Brennan Clay, wide receiver Kenny Stills and safety Tony Jefferson. He said their success at OU is definitely a positive.
“If they can do it, then I understand I can do it,” Foreman said. “If they can make that trip from Cali to OU and be successful, it shows it can be done. And I can do it, too.”
Three of his four other top school choices are relatively close to home, but Foreman remains adamant that distance is not a concern for him.
“You go to college, and you’re going to be on your own anyway,” Foreman said. “I’m very independent, and I just don’t see it as a factor.”