Friday, March 1, 2013
Recruiting notes: Foreman talks Aggies
By Sam Khan Jr.
ESPN Watch List receiver Armanti Foreman spoke with Texas A&M coaches before, but coming into this week, he had no idea an offer was on its way from the Aggies.
The 5-foot-11, 175-pound receiver from Texas City (Texas) High School has been committed to Oklahoma since October, but recently, he has seen his offer list grow as coaches have gotten a hold of Foreman's junior highlights. On Saturday, Foreman got an offer from Texas. The Aggies entered the picture on Monday and Florida jumped in the ring on Wednesday.
Oklahoma receiver commit Armanti Foreman wants to play with his twin brother, D'Onta, in college.
When Foreman was at school on Monday and Texas City head coach Leland Surovik informed Foreman, who is nicknamed "Money" to call Texas A&M receivers coach David Beaty, Foreman was surprised to hear what he did.
"I called [Beaty] and he told me that he wanted me to come up on Saturday for the junior day and watch them practice and stuff," Foreman said. "He told me they were offering me a scholarship to come play there and that they really like me and stuff like that.
"It's real crazy. I didn't even expect the Texas A&M offer. I just called them and they offered me. It happened so quick. I didn't think it would happen that fast."
Early in the week, Foreman was uncertain about whether he would attend Texas A&M's second junior day, which is Saturday, but his father, Darreck Foreman, indicated on Thursday night that Armanti and his brother, running back D'Onta Foreman, are planning to be in attendance in College Station, Texas on Saturday.
Armanti is still committed to the Sooners for the time being, but at the time he committed to Oklahoma he stated that he would keep an open mind when it came to recruiting and that he would listen to other schools. Armanti still plans to visit Norman, Okla., this spring, perhaps during spring practice, and he recently attended Texas' junior day.
The wild card in Foreman's recruitment could be his twin brother D'Onta. The 6-0, 200-pound linebacker does not have an offer but has interest from a few schools. Armanti has made it clear that he wants to play with his brother if possible and any school that offers both of them would get strong consideration.
"I'm always going to look out for my brother," Armanti said. "I want to play with him just like he wants to play with me. He hasn't picked up any offers but I'm pretty sure it's going to come soon. Teams just have to find a place for him to play. He wants to play running back but some schools are already stacked with running backs so they try to find another place for him to play.
"I would love to play with him. If a school came and gave him an offer and gave me an offer and it was a decent school, then I would consider going there, because I want to play with my brother."
Junior day visitors In addition to the Foreman twins, there are several other expected visitors for Texas A&M's second junior day, which is Saturday [also the first day of spring practice for the 2013 Aggies]. There's a solid mix of commits, targets with offers and targets still seeking an A&M offer that are expected in attendance. Among them:
One player that was expected that said he will not make it is Jasper (Texas) High School center Terrell Cuney. The 6-foot-3, 260-pound prospect said he will be unable to make it because of a powerlifting meet that he has to attend. Cuney was at Texas' junior day last week and picked up an offer from the Longhorns. He does not yet have an offer from Texas A&M.
Of course, the list could have additions and/or subtractions before Saturday hits and we'll adjust the list as needed.
New offers Texas A&M offered a pair of ESPN Watch List prospects on Thursday, both from out of state.
Springdale (Ark.) Har Ber defensive tackle Josh Frazier picked up an offer from the Aggies. Frazier stands 6-3 and weighs 336 and also holds offers from three other SEC schools: Alabama, Arkansas and Georgia.
The Aggies also offered Prichard (Ala.) Vigor defensive end Justin Thornton. The 6-5, 225-pound prospect has offers from several other BCS conference schools, including Alabama, Florida, Florida State, LSU and USC.
Mabin set for A&M junior day Spring (Texas) Klein Oak linebacker Josh Mabin recently took in one junior day. Now he's looking forward to his next one.
The 6-1, 215-pound prospect enjoyed LSU's junior day in February. Now he's looking to see what Texas A&M has in store.
"They start spring practice on Saturday so it will be great to see how their program works and the academics also," Mabin said.
New Texas A&M special teams coordinator Jeff Banks has been in touch with Mabin.
"He was here at the school earlier this year and we exchanged info," Mabin said. "He seems like a great coach."
The LSU junior day made a positive impression on him.
"It was very nice," Mabin said. "I had a 1-on-1 with Les Miles and Coach [John] Chavis. They were giving me pointers to improve my game. They were really excited and said they really enjoyed my film. They think I'm a great prospect and they want to see me at their summer camp."
Mabin took an unofficial visit to LSU for a game in the fall and enjoyed it. He's hopeful he can get a scholarship offer from the Tigers at some point. He currently holds offers from Baylor, Colorado, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Washington State.
"I'm looking for a college that feels like a home atmosphere, a place that I feel like that there's no other place that I belong," Mabin said. "I basically got that feeling when I went to LSU and saw the Alabama game. It just felt that that's where I belonged. I'm trying to do what I can to try to get that scholarship [offer]. If not, I just want to play ball. I'm going to be happy wherever I'm at."
Aggies commit Nick Harvey will be attending junior day this weekend.
Shelley seeking first offer Mabin's teammate at Klein Oak, outside linebacker Ja'Von Shelley, is also receiving interest from Texas A&M, as well as several others.
Unlike Mabin, Shelley doesn't yet have an offer. But he definitely has interested suitors and plans to visit some of them this spring, including Texas A&M on Saturday for its junior day.
"I'm very excited," Shelley said about the trip. "I talked to Jeff Banks. He was just telling me about the school and for me to come visit. We talked about what position I would play. I went to a camp last year. I liked it. I liked it a lot. It's a football town and it's an Aggie town. I like that. Some of my family is from out there in Bryan."
Shelley has also been in touch with Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. He said he plans to go to Oklahoma's spring game and he plans to visit Oklahoma State during spring break.
Schlottmann looking forward to return trip Brenham (Texas) High School offensive tackle Austin Schlottmann has been to College Station before, but he's looking forward to his return this weekend.
The 6-5, 285-pound tackle attended the Aggies' home game against LSU last year.
"It was awesome," he said.
Offensive line coach B.J. Anderson has been recruiting Schlottmann, who has yet to score his first offer. There are plenty of interested schools, including Baylor, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, TCU and Texas Tech.
"I'm looking forward to meeting all the coaches and see all the other players," Schlottmann said of his upcoming trip. "I'll probably know some of them that are up there."
And if the Aggies were to offer the tackle, that would be big for Schlottmann.
"If I were to get that, my first big offer, from A&M, that would be awesome," he said.