Thursday, April 11, 2013
Texas City twins nab first dual offer
By Sam Khan Jr.
As his brother has picked up offer after offer, Texas City (Texas) High School running back D'Onta Foreman has waited patiently for his chance to come.
The rising senior's twin, ESPN Watch List wide receiver Armanti Foreman, has already had an eventful recruitment, committing to Oklahoma, then decommitting last week as he continues to figure out his landing spot. One thing Armanti has adamantly maintained is that he wants to play college football with D'Onta.
On Wednesday night, Illinois stepped up as the first FBS program willing to afford both that opportunity -- with scholarship offers -- as the Fighting Illini offered D'Onta Foreman.
"This is something I always wanted," Foreman said. "I've been waiting and praying for this and I got it [Wednesday], so I was really happy.
"I'm very excited. I go to school every day and go out on the field every day and do everything I can to work hard. Getting my first offer, I'm really happy. Now that I have my first one, I hope I get more so I can weigh my options and see where I want to play."
The Illini also offered Armanti, and he was just as excited as his twin brother.
"I was really more happy for my brother than I was myself," he said. "I really wanted him to experience his first offer since I have some."
The twins' father, Darreck Foreman, said the Illini initially pursued D'Onta, because they were in search of a running back and they felt he fit their style of play. After doing some homework on D'Onta, they discovered Armanti's talent. Illinois offensive line coach A.J. Ricker is leading the recruitment of the Foreman twins.
"This isn't a 'We want your brother so we'll offer you' type of deal," Darreck Foreman said. "They actually were calling about D'Onta first because, Big Ten, the style of play they have, they want D'Onta to play running back. Other schools were looking at him as a linebacker but [Illinois] wants to offer him as a running back. That's what he really, really wants to do."
Darreck made it clear that the twins aren't going to commit right away. With Armanti already having committed and decommitted from Oklahoma, the family is going to take time to evaluate its options before either of them make a decision. The family is planning to visit Texas A&M this weekend for the Maroon-and-White spring game. The Aggies are one of five programs that have offered Armanti -- Florida, Oklahoma, Texas were the others before Illinois jumped in.
"We're not going to jump and commit," Darreck said. "But I'm happy for D'Onta for finally getting his first official offer."
Darreck is hopeful that the first offer means more are coming for D'Onta.
"I think that will open up the umbrella, kind of like [Oklahoma's offer to] Armanti did," Foreman said. "Now other schools may look and say 'What are we missing?' or rethink [recruiting D'Onta]."