Monday, June 17, 2013
Bayou City Beat: Foreman takes challenge
By Sam Khan Jr.
Each week this spring, GigEmNation reporter Sam Khan Jr. will bring you notes/nuggets from watching and visiting with high school football prospects in the Greater Houston area that week. He will include observations of Texas A&M commitments and targets and other players who catch his attention. Here's this week's installment:
MANVEL, Texas -- For some, camps are a chance for players to show college coaches that they're worthy of an offer. For those who have more offers than they can fathom, it's a chance to watch, interact and visit with the coaches to get a feel for the program's staff.
ESPN 150 wideout Armanti Foreman played a little cornerback at Texas Tech's satellite camp.
Or some take the approach ESPN 150 receiver Armanti Foreman (Texas City, Texas/Texas City) took, which was performing at something he's not accustomed to, even though he has plenty of offers.
Foreman was one of many impressive skill-position players in attendance at Texas Tech's second Houston-area satellite camp at Manvel (Texas) High School on Friday, and he was without question the biggest name there.
But with no Texas Tech offer among the more than 15 he already has, he decided to put in work in hopes to earn one. When the coaches asked him to compete as a cornerback during one-on-ones, he was a ready and willing participant.
The result? Foreman, who has offers from Texas, Texas A&M, Oklahoma and several others, showed he can play corner too. He showed off his ability in press coverage, not allowing an opposing receiver to get off the line in one instance and allowing a short completion after pressing extensively in another.
"I've played cornerback for my school too," Foreman said. "So I said 'Hey, let me go out here and see what I can do.'"
Foreman said he's narrowed the schools he's considering down to Texas A&M, Texas, Florida, USC, Oregon, Kansas State, Oklahoma and Baylor. If Miami and Texas Tech come forward with offers, which he feels like will happen, he'll consider them also.
But there were plenty of other notable names at the camp, particularly of the younger variety. 2015 cornerback Holton Hill (Houston/Lamar), Manvel High School 2016 duo Deontay Anderson (safety) and Reggie Hemphill (receiver) and 2015 receiver John Humphrey (League City, Texas/Clear Falls) all shined in front of the Red Raiders' staff.
Another player to keep an eye on in the 2015 class is Friendswood (Texas) High School quarterback Jake Blumrick, who threw the ball well on Friday.
Harvey a total athlete ESPN 150 athlete Nick Harvey (Richmond, Texas/Travis) appears to be appropriately labeled when it comes to recruiting, because he truly is an athlete who is multi-faceted.
During the Viking 7-on-7 state qualifying tournament at Sugar Land (Texas) Dulles, the Texas A&M commit showed his throwing ability as a quarterback, rotating repetitions with a teammate at the position. The Tigers plan to use him as a quarterback on offense and safety on defense this fall. At his previous high school, Lancaster (Texas) High School, Harvey played defensive back, quarterback and receiver.
Pass-catch duo to watch at La Porte
La Porte (Texas) High School has been a traditional power running team but on Saturday, it showed it has some capable weapons in the passing game.
2014 tight end Michael Rodriguez, who committed to Louisiana Tech on Friday, showed off his pass-catching skills, making leaping and diving catches in La Porte's final game of the Viking 7-on-7 tournament. Louisiana Tech envisions Rodriguez as an offensive tackle long-term, which means he'll have to add some bulk to his 6-5, 230 frame.
His quarterback, 6-3, 182-pound Jordan Jackson, appeared plenty capable of getting the football to his targets. He has interest from Memphis, North Texas, Lamar and Stephen F. Austin.
Texas State may not be a school in one of the automatic-qualifying conferences in college football, but the Bobcats know how to evaluate talent, and there were plenty who showed up to their camp on Monday at Rhodes Stadium in Katy, Texas.
Baylor commit Ishmael Zamora and highly sought-after running back Vic Enwere were the headliners (neither worked out until the 1-on-1 portion of the camp), but there were also plenty of under-the-radar types who are emerging as notable prospects. Zamora's teammate from Houston Elsik, Malcolm Washington, showed solid route-running ability and hands at the camp. Washington has interest from several schools, including Colorado, Colorado State, Illinois, Iowa State, North Texas, Tulsa and Utah but is awaiting his first offer.
Richmond (Texas) Bush quarterback Ronald Monroe, who has offers from Houston and Texas State, performed well during the camp. Pearland (Texas) High School quarterback Kalen Johnson (Howard and Yale offers) and Sugar Land (Texas) Fort Bend Austin quarterback Seun Aboderin (looking for first offer) were also in attendance and threw well.
One quarterback in attendance who is getting looks at another position is Houston Westside athlete Mike Haywood. The 5-foot-11, 178-pound prospect has the look of a solid athlete and has good speed. A quarterback for Westside, where he won the district's MVP award last season, Haywood took repetitions at receiver during the Texas State camp and later in the week at one of Texas Tech's camps. He's receiving interest from several schools, including Houston, Kansas, New Mexico State, Tulsa, Virginia and UTSA among many others, but is looking for his first offer.
A cornerback who shined during one-on-ones at the camp was Montgomery (Texas) High School 2014 cornerback Chase Rosenfield. He went up against the 6-4 Zamora twice during 1-on-1s and didn't allow a completion either time and showed good ability in press coverage, disrupting Zamora's route on one occasion. Rosenfield currently said most of his interest is of the FCS or Division II variety.