Wednesday, May 15, 2013
WR Foreman stress-free, piling up offers
By Sam Khan Jr.
TEXAS CITY, Texas -- These days, it's all smiles for ESPN 150 receiver Armanti Foreman.
Life is good for the Texas City (Texas) High School star. Offers are coming left and right. He's preparing for a banner senior season with his twin brother, 2014 running back D'Onta Foreman. He's enjoying the final weeks of his junior year of high school. On Tuesday, Armanti was sprinting past defensive backs and juking defenders out of their shorts, showing the playmaking ability that has so many colleges at his doorstep.
ESPN 150 receiver Armanti Foreman's latest offer is from Oregon.
"My goal is to go out there and make every play," Armanti Foreman said. "Every ball that's thrown to me, I want to catch it."
Life has changed quite a bit from what it was as recently as six months ago, when Armanti was verbally committed to Oklahoma.
He was the first commitment in the Sooners' 2014 class, but decommitted last month in order to take other trips without feeling like he was stringing the Sooners along. Also, Armanti has remained consistent in the fact that he still intends to play college ball with D'Onta.
And though Armanti still talks to Oklahoma and said he still intends to visit there, going through the spring evaluation period as an uncommitted prospect has been a joy for the 5-foot-11, 175-pound wideout.
"It's been good," Armanti said. "It's always good to see colleges come through. Every time a college scout comes out here, everybody on the team wants to show something. I like that for my other guys around me because when they come out and practice like they did today, that makes me practice [harder] and makes everybody better.
"[Life] has changed big time. When I decommitted from Oklahoma, things started opening up. People started coming to give me offers that maybe backed down at first, so I'm kind of glad that I opened things up. It feels good to just be able to say that I'm looking around and still trying to find the best school for me. I feel like that's what I should have done from the beginning, even though OU is a great school. I still talk to those coaches and I still have a relationship with them but I feel like I had to open it up and see what my other options were."
Armanti said Texas has been one of the schools on him the hardest this spring. Texas A&M has come through Texas City during the evaluation period. Oklahoma and Nebraska are pursuing feverishly as well, he said. That doesn't include the plethora of schools that have offered him in recent weeks, a list that includes Missouri, Michigan State, USC and Oregon. The Ducks offered on Tuesday.
But just as important -- and perhaps moreso -- to Armanti than his own offers are the ones that D'Onta is getting. The running back has seen his stock rise this spring and he now has four offers: Houston, Illinois, Washington State and most recently, Missouri. All four have offered Armanti as well.
The dual Missouri offers, which gives D'Onta his first SEC offer, has given the twins something to think about.
"That's a good school that he can go to in the SEC," Armanti said of D'Onta. "We'll have to look into them because it's a good school for both of us."
The pair still say that the plan is to play together in college.
"We really want to play together," D'Onta said. "We talked to our parents and they said it would be fine if we didn't and we were satisfied with going our separate ways. But we really want to play together. We've been playing together since we were little and we just want to keep it together. "
D'Onta said that in addition to the offers he has, TCU, Texas A&M and Tulsa have shown interest this spring and he feels Tulsa is the closest of the group to offering him. The twins will continue to work this offseason and likely hit the camp circuit, but for now, Armanti's focus is as much on his brother as it is on himself.
"I'm happy for him," Armanti said. "I think about that more than I think about my own offers. That's my brother. I want to play with him and I feel like that's the best thing for us, to go to the same school. That's what we're trying to do."