Saturday, February 23, 2013
Sooners commit picks up offer from rival
By Bob Przybylo
For some recruits, an offer at junior day comes as a big surprise. But for ESPN Watch List wide receiver Armanti Foreman (Texas City, Texas/Texas City), it would have been a bigger shock to leave Texas without an offer from the Longhorns.
Foreman, an Oklahoma commit, now has offers from both sides of the Red River Rivalry as he confirmed the offer from Texas coaches Major Applewhite, Darrell Wyatt and Mack Brown on Saturday afternoon.
Sooners receiver commit Armanti Foreman picked up an offer from Texas at junior day.
“I was confident coming into the day I would get the offer,” Foreman said.
Foreman said that confidence stemmed from an in-school visit by the Texas coaching staff a couple of weeks ago when they invited him to junior day. They didn’t flat out say if Foreman attended, he would get an offer, but it gave Foreman a lot of confidence.
He confirmed earlier in the week he would be making the trip. But the trip wasn’t just for himself as he said he was going to try to help his twin brother, D’Onta, get more exposure. D’Onta Foreman, a running back, left Texas without an offer.
Armanti Foreman has been committed to the Sooners since Oct. 1 but has yet to see the campus. The bar has been set as Foreman said he was extremely impressed with the facilities at Texas and considered the best of the day watching the team practice.
“Seeing the guys practice was definitely the highlight of the day,” Foreman said. “Watching them practice and just seeing that this is what they do on a normal basis. It was great to watch them work, and I loved how organized everything was.”
Toward the end of the trip, Foreman and his family were taken to Brown’s office and that’s when the offer was handed out. Like a lot of other receiver offers, the promise of a new day for the Texas offense is what is being pitched.
“They talked about how they’ve been looking for a player like me and how they like what I bring to the table,” Foreman said. “They really want me to play for them.”
He said the offer is a blessing, but he never gave a thought about flipping his commitment from OU to Texas.
“No, I’m still riding with OU right now,” Foreman said. “I’m still open to a lot of schools so I’m not about to make an impulsive decision.”
Foreman has been invited to OU’s junior day in two weeks, but he’s not sure if he will be able to attend. He said he wants to see the OU campus as soon as possible.
The Texas visit, though, couldn’t have gone any better.
“They answered every question we [the recruits] had,” Foreman said. “I didn’t really have any questions except about where I might fit in, but they told me about that right away so it was all good.
“I saw K.D. Cannon up there. He was definitely one player I recognized. The coaches were great and were good to everybody. It was a great visit.”