Texas A&M Aggies: Armanti Foreman

Texas A&M has 14 commits in the 2014 class, and the Aggies have done a good job of addressing needs at multiple positions. With seven months left until signing day, they are still pursuing plenty of players. Here's five positions where they could use another player or two in the class:

Defensive end: The Aggies are pursuing multiple defensive ends in the 2014 class and at the top of their want list is ESPN 300 defensive end Myles Garrett (Arlington, Texas/James Martin), the No. 1 prospect in Texas. They also have an offer out to ESPN 300 prospects Qualen Cunningham (Chandler, Ariz./Hamilton) and Solomon Thomas (Coppell, Texas/Coppell) among others.

Foreman brothers choose Longhorns

June, 27, 2013
Throughout all the twists and turns in their recruitment, one thing was certain: Texas City (Texas) standouts Armanti Foreman and D'Onta Foreman dreamed of playing college football together.

That’s was the plan, and they stuck to it. The Foreman brothers committed to Texas on Thursday night.

Armanti, an ESPN 300 wide receiver, chose the Longhorns over Texas A&M. As expected, brother and three-star running back D'Onta joined him in pledging to Texas after finally receiving his offer earlier this month.

Their father, Darreck Foreman, announced the brothers' decision in a press release on Thursday night after the family called Mack Brown and the Longhorns' coaching staff to make it official.

“It's wonderful,” D'Onta Foreman said. “Texas is always going to be Texas. They have a big, top-10 program and just a wonderful program. For them to offer me and for me to actually play there is wonderful. I’m really happy they offered both of us. We can really contribute in their offense.”

The brothers become the 20th and 21st members of Texas’ No. 4-ranked recruiting class. While the school they ended up picking wasn’t a surprise -- especially after UT offered D’Onta -- arriving at this decision was not easy.

Even as recently as last week, Armanti told his brother he wanted to wait, take official visits this fall and make his final decision after his senior season. He wasn’t ready to decide, and he was willing to attend a different college than his brother if necessary.

But ultimately, Armanti had a change of heart. His coaches at Texas City urged the nation’s No. 117-ranked prospect to make a decision soon, before Texas and A&M fill their receiver needs for 2014 and move on.

"It really wasn't that tough," Armanti told GigEmNation's Sam Khan Jr. "Texas was recruiting me the hardest. And then they gave my brother the opportunity that some other schools didn't so I had to jump on it."

That also meant he was risking his opportunity to play with D’Onta at Texas, and that proved too difficult to pass up. Armanti told his father on Thursday morning he was ready to make up his mind, and he assured him he wasn’t rushing this decision.

"While both of the brothers have fielded offers from near and far, being close to home at a program as reputable as Texas was a win-win situation," Darreck Foreman said. "The Foreman family would like to thank all other programs for their interest in D’Onta and Armanti. This decision was difficult, but this commitment is solid, as they are now both able to focus on personal improvements on the field and in the classroom."

Texas now has verbal commitments from six wide receivers, with ESPN 300 athlete Lorenzo Joe (Abilene, Texas/Cooper), Garrett Gray (Marble Falls, Texas/Marble Falls), Roderick Bernard (Houston/Sharpstown), Emanuel Porter (Dallas/Lincoln) and Dorian Leonard (Longview, Texas/Longview) joining Foreman in the Horns’ 2014 class.

D’Onta, who earned his Longhorns offer after a strong showing at Texas’ June 9 prospect camp, becomes the Longhorns’ second running back pledge, along with ESPN 300 back Donald Catalon (Houston/Eisenhower). He’s been looking forward to making his Texas pledge for more than a week.

“The biggest reason was really two things: I figured my parents can come watch me play, and they gave me what I wanted, because I want to play running back,” Foreman said. “I really feel like that was the best school to offer me. When they told me I could play close to home and play running back, that was really huge for my decision.”

His brother originally committed to Oklahoma last October but backed out of that pledge in the spring following multiple visits to Texas. Armanti received an offer from the Longhorns during a junior day visit this spring and holds more than 15 offers.

It took D’Onta more time to get noticed. He since has improved his SAT score, which was one major hurdle toward an offer, and also made a strong impression on new running backs coach Larry Porter after running a 4.48 in the 40 at camp.

The state’s No. 12-ranked running back prospect held five other offers but said staying close to home was a priority.

“I had other offers, but they were far away,” he said. “I went to Texas camp to prove I can play and I’m a great athlete like my brother.”

He did just that, and now both Foremans are Longhorns.
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.

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Tales from the Road: Texas A&M 

May, 29, 2013

Every Wednesday, Sam Khan Jr. will take a quick-hit look at some of the top recruits and storylines facing Texas A&M recruiting for the week.

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Tales From The Road: Texas A&M 

May, 15, 2013
Every Wednesday, Sam Khan Jr. will take a quick-hit look at some of the top recruits and storylines facing Texas A&M recruiting for the week.

This week’s targets: The Aggies are making sure to comb the state for linebackers now that one of their top targets at the position, 2014 inside linebacker Zach Whitley Jr., is committed elsewhere (Alabama). Spring (Texas) Klein Oak inside linebacker Josh Mabin and outside linebacker Ja'Von Shelley will get looks this week when linebackers coach Mark Hagen and defensive coordinator Mark Snyder are expected at the Panthers' spring game on Thursday. Hagen went by Klein Oak last week to see the pair. Texas A&M has also checked out 2014 Dallas South Oak Cliff defensive end Silvester Hayes, who could project as an outside linebacker and is someone the Aggies are evaluating.

Area of interest: The Aggies' efforts in Louisiana paid some dividends in the last recruiting class, as Texas A&M hauled in three prospects from the neighboring state in the 2013 class, including ESPN 300 cornerback Noel Ellis. So it shouldn't come as a surprise to see them targeting high-level prospects from the state in 2014. They're in the running for several notable kids from "The Boot," including five-star athlete Speedy Noil, ESPN 150 defensive tackle Gerald Willis III and four-star quarterback Brandon Harris. All 10 Aggies commits are Texas products, but expect them to stay in the hunt for those three Louisianans.

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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.

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For a while, Texas City (Texas) High School 2014 running back D'Onta Foreman had to exhibit patience.

As his twin brother, ESPN 150 receiver Armanti Foreman, saw big-time offer after big-time offer roll in, D'Onta continued to work in hopes that his time would come.

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Recruiting notes: The Joeckel impact 

April, 19, 2013
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Former Texas A&M left tackle Luke Joeckel's name could be the first called when the NFL draft begins on Thursday.

If it does play out that way, it would be the latest in a long line of landmark events that have occurred since the start of last football season that have raised Texas A&M's profile and, as a result, helped the Aggies in recruiting.

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ESPN 150 targets: Texas A&M 

April, 18, 2013
Myles GarrettWilliam Wilkerson/ESPN.comESPN 150 defensive end Myles Garrett is feeling strong, as his offer list is a who's who of elite Division I football programs.
Texas A&M has three commits in the 2014 ESPN 150, which was released today. Here's a look at the Aggies' top 10 targets in the ESPN 150, listed from highest to lowest ranked:

1. CB Adoree' Jackson (Gardena, Calif./Junipero Serra)
5-foot-11, 183 pounds
ESPN 150 Rank: 5

Why they want him: Speed and athleticism. Jackson has most of what coaches want in a cornerback. His fluid hips, foot quickness and natural athleticism make him an elite prospect. Could wind up on the offensive side of the ball and said some schools are recruiting him as a receiver.

Who else wants him: Plenty of power programs have offered Jackson, including Florida, Florida State, LSU, Michigan, Notre Dame, Oregon and USC.

Odds they get him: Jackson said he intends to visit Texas A&M this summer, so the Aggies will have their chance to impress the five-star prospect. USC and UCLA are also schools that the Illinois native is interested in but Aggies' secondary coach Marcel Yates has experience recruiting the West Coast from his days at Boise State and landed 2013 ESPN 150 receiver Sebastian LaRue for the Aggies earlier this year.

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Throughout their successful 2012 season, the buzz around Texas A&M football built each week. It crescendoed after the Aggies defeated Alabama and peaked when the Aggies' quarterback, Johnny Manziel, won the Heisman Trophy. They kept that buzz going with a resounding win over Oklahoma in the AT&T Cotton Bowl.

That buzz has had a clear affect on Texas A&M recruiting and Kevin Sumlin and the Aggies' staff is doing what they can to ensure the buzz continues. In some instances, it's tricks or tactics that the Aggies use themselves, like when they trotted out a live disc jockey for the "Friday Night Lights" scrimmage last week.

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Texas City twins nab first dual offer 

April, 11, 2013
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.

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Spring game storylines: Texas A&M 

April, 11, 2013
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Texas A&M has been busy working the last five weeks, participating in spring football with 13 practices under their belt. The 14th is today and the 15th is on Saturday: the Maroon-and-White spring game, which is at 2 p.m. CT at Kyle Field. There's much to know and watch for this weekend. Here are five storylines to keep an eye on:

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- In his first spring as Texas A&M's head coach, Kevin Sumlin hosted a night-time scrimmage open to Aggies fans, invited some of the top recruits in the state to come watch it, put it inside Kyle Field and dubbed it "Friday Night Lights."

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WR Foreman decommits from Sooners 

April, 2, 2013
Over the last few months, ESPN Watch List receiver Armanti Foreman has taken visits to schools, even while committed to Oklahoma.

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ESPN Watch List receiver Armanti Foreman (Texas City, Texas/Texas City) has been busy in the last week.

On Feb. 23, he traveled to Austin, Texas, for Texas' junior day. On Saturday, just a week later, the Oklahoma commit hit another junior day, this time at Texas A&M.

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Recruits Miss Lone Star Showdown
National recruiting analyst Gerry Hamilton spoke with top prospects at Nike's The Opening regional in Dallas. The findings were overwhelming: Players want the game back.