The last couple of years Oklahoma has gotten off to a slow start to its recruiting classes. The first commits for the 2012 and 2013 class happened well after signing day. There was nothing to indicate that would change for 2014.
But it did once ESPN Watch List wide receiver Armanti Foreman (Texas City, Texas/Texas City) committed to the Sooners in October.
OU was his first offer and that’s all it took for Foreman, who is 5-foot-11 and 175 pounds.
Foreman was a vital part of Texas City’s playoff run this season. Texas City was eliminated last weekend. How integral? He led the team with 36 catches for 959 yards and nine touchdowns. The next Texas City player had nine catches for 144 yards. Along with averaging 27 yards per catch, Foreman rushed for 534 yards on 28 attempts and four scores.
SoonerNation: Congrats on a successful junior season. What did you learn from this year?
Armanti Foreman: That everything is not going to be given to you. You have to go out there and get it and work for everything.
SN: Where did you make the biggest strides this season?
Foreman: In being leader. Being the team leader and making sure nobody is slacking. Our team came in and grew as a family this year. It’s something we can carry with us moving forward.
SN: You said you committed to OU in large part because of wide receivers coach Jay Norvell. How has that relationship been lately?
Foreman: Honestly, we haven’t talked that much here recently. He is still sending me letters. He’ll write me a lot and tell me what happened with each game. We’ve both been busy, but it’s still a great relationship.
SN: You were at OU-Texas. You wanted to go to OU-Notre Dame. Obviously you didn’t have a chance to see Bedlam and OU’s 51-48 overtime win. But did you watch any of it?
Foreman: I did watch some of it. I was relaxing from the day before. I laid in my bed and was still sore and disappointed about our loss and season ending. But I did watch some of it, and it was a great game. That was a big comeback and feels like it would have been a great game to have seen in person.
SN: Any visits here planned in the future?
Foreman: No, not really. I haven’t really thought about it that much. I’ll have to sit down with my parents and discuss it. Not many other schools are talking to me. I still really want to get to OU here soon and see the campus.
SN: What’s next for you now? Rest? Basketball?
Foreman: Yep, basketball. I’m going to go right into basketball. It will help me stay conditioned for football. And a lot of our football players also play basketball. It keeps that unity there. You can have success on the court, on the field -- that bond keeps growing. It’s all about being a family. It’s one of the reasons I really like OU.