Tuesday, April 2, 2013
WR Foreman decommits from Sooners
By Sam Khan Jr.
Over the last few months, ESPN Watch List receiver Armanti Foreman has taken visits to schools, even while committed to Oklahoma.
On Tuesday, Foreman parted ways with the Sooners, decommitting from the program he committed to back in October.
With plans for more visits upcoming, the Foreman family thought it would be only fair to Oklahoma to decommit rather than continue to leave the Sooners hanging as Foreman visited other campuses.
Armanti Foreman, who has visited Texas and Texas A&M recently, had been the Sooners' first commit of the Class of 2014.
"It's nothing against the university," said Darreck Foreman, Armanti's father. "We did it in fairness to the University of Oklahoma, their fans, Coach [Bob] Stoops and Coach [Jay] Norvell, who has been absolutely wonderful.
"I spoke with Coach Norvell last night, and he has been informed that that was our decision. It's almost like being in a marriage. When you're committed, you're committed. You're not looking around, and right now, at 16 years old, these other schools are coming into play. I think we kind of made a rushed decision. I mean, it was Oklahoma. ... We just decided to step back and kind of open it up."
Darreck Foreman stressed that the Sooners aren't out of consideration for Foreman moving forward and that the family still intends to make a visit to Norman, Okla. Armanti Foreman was able to see the Sooners play live during the Red River Rivalry in October but has yet to make it to the Sooners' campus.
Meanwhile, Armanti has made trips in recent months to Texas and Texas A&M. He attended junior days at both campuses and has been at Texas the last two weekends, once for their sophomore day and last week while competing with his track team at the Texas Relays. While on campus for the track meet, Foreman made sure to take in the Longhorns' spring practice.
"He's building a relationship with that coaching staff, and he and [receivers] Coach [Darrell] Wyatt are pretty close," Darreck Foreman said. "That's not at all to say that he's decided to go to UT. But he was up there looking at the sights. ... They've been showing him the offense and where he would fit in."
Armanti Foreman had positive things to say after his Texas A&M junior day trip, and Darreck said on Tuesday they plan to visit Aggieland again either this weekend or next weekend. On Friday, the Aggies host their "Friday Night Lights" scrimmage, and on April 13, they host the Maroon-and-White spring game.
Florida also has shown interest in Armanti, and the family plans to remain in contact with the Gators, who are also a school that has offered him.
The x-factor could be Armanti's twin brother D'Onta Foreman. The 2014 running back doesn't have an FBS scholarship offer yet, but Armanti is adamant about getting the chance to play with him at the next level.
"The only way I don't see him playing with his brother is if, for whatever reason, D'Onta has to go a different route," Darreck Foreman said. "I don't see that happening."
Again, Darreck stressed that the family thinks highly of the Sooners, who were the first to offer his son, and that they plan to still consider them moving forward. They just didn't want the Sooners holding a spot while Armanti continued to take other visits.
"I want to make this clear -- Oklahoma by no means is out of the picture," Foreman said. "We really respect Oklahoma. We really respect Coach Norvell. This decision was made out of respect for them and what they brought to the table for us.
"I don't want people to think it's a slap in the face to Oklahoma."