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Sunday, March 3, 2013
Watch List WR praises Texas A&M visit

By Sam Khan Jr.

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.

Armanti Foreman
After visiting Texas and Texas A&M on back-to-back weekends, OU commit Armanti Foreman wants to visit the Sooners soon.
While both experiences were good, there were a few things about Texas A&M that stood out to the 5-foot-11, 175-pound receiver.

"I liked both of them, really," Foreman said. "It's really the same to me. They want me to play the same position and do the same things. Both of them have great academic programs. Texas A&M, the new facilities that they built, they're way better than what Texas has, from what I saw. That's one thing I really liked about Texas A&M."

Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin made an impression as well.

"Coach Sumlin is a real nice dude," Foreman said. "Not saying that Coach [Mack] Brown isn't, but Coach Sumlin, there's just something about him that makes you want to go there."

Though he committed to Oklahoma in October, he hasn't had the chance to visit the campus. He did take in a game (the Red River Rivalry game in October in Dallas) but said he would like to visit OU during spring practice.

"I'm going to try to get up there soon," Foreman said. "Talking to their coaches, I like their coaches. Coach Sumlin was there at Oklahoma before, too, so he knows those guys and everything. He told me a little bit about them. He said they're nice and it's pretty cool up there at Oklahoma."

Foreman said distance is a significant consideration for him. Sumlin made sure to emphasize the difference in distance between A&M and Texas City, compared to Oklahoma.

"He was basically telling me that Oklahoma is about seven or eight hours away from me and that Texas A&M is only about two-and-a-half hours, so my family would be able to see me play easier if I were to go to Texas A&M," Foreman said. "I would love for my family to be able to come watch me play. That's a big factor in my decision. Of course, playing with my brother too. Nobody has offered him yet."

Oklahoma is making sure to emphasize that it was the first to take a chance on his talents, being the first school to offer. And Foreman recently spoke with receivers coach Jay Norvell on the phone about where things stand.

Foreman continues to stress to schools how important his brother, Texas City running back D'Onta Foreman, is to him. Armanti has repeatedly said he'd like to play college ball with his brother if possible. D'Onta does not have an offer.

Armanti said that's one of the reasons he is taking visits to other schools while committed to Oklahoma.

"I'm basically trying to get a feel for every school in case a school does offer my brother," Armanti said. "That way it won't be so awkward for me and I can already have a good relationship with them. [Norvell] basically just told me to keep in mind that Oklahoma came first and that Oklahoma already knew my talent and that's why they offered me first. All these Texas schools had a jump on me before they did, and Oklahoma was the first to offer, so really [he's] just telling me that they really want me and trying to keep me there with Oklahoma."

Foreman said he would give the Texas A&M trip an eight on a scale of 1 to 10. He enjoyed the practice atmosphere that the Aggies created, with music playing during the practice, as well as the academic side of things.

"I think I found out everything I wanted to while I was there," Foreman said. "Basically, just being there and talking to all the coaches, they really showed me everything and told me about the academic program. I really wanted to know more about that and when those guys came in there and talked to us about the academics, that really caught my attention, because I want to go to a school that has a great academic program and Texas A&M really has one. They help you a lot with your schoolwork and they really want you to be a student-athlete. I really like that about it. They told me everything I really wanted to know."