Foreman pledges to Norvell for 2014 No. 1

NORMAN, Okla. — Sometimes it just makes sense to get it out of the way early.

That was the conclusion Texas City HS wide receiver Armanti Foreman came to Monday evening.

So, he donned the Crimson and Cream to become the first member of the 2014 Sooner class featuring current juniors.

"Yeah it was an early commitment, but when you get a school like OU, you can't have that sitting too long," Foreman told "And, I mean, I wasn't in a rush, but I really like OU and I could see myself playing there. I can see myself fitting well in their offense. I mean, no reason to wait if I didn't have to."

He sure didn't.

That's because OU co-offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach Jay Norvell liked what he saw in the 6-foot, 170-pound speedster from the Houston area.

The interest started when Norvell visited Texas City HS and spoke to Stingarees head coach Leland Surovik.

Due to NCAA rules, Foreman and Norvell couldn't actually speak, but information was shared.

At that point, it became a mutual interest.

Foreman said the two have been talking regularly for two-and-a-half weeks, and Norvell has been sending a number of letters.

"I called him and I've just been trying to get a good relationship with him," Foreman said. "And I mean ever since the day he came to my school I've just been in contact with him trying to build a relationship with him, and I feel like that's really been going good and working out. And he was really a big part of my decision."

The thing is: so were some other people and other factors.

One of those is current wide receiver Kenny Stills.

Another: NCAA all-time receptions leader and current Detroit Lion Ryan Broyles.

"Well, I mean, [Kenny] Stills I really like him," Foreman said. "I watched him play the other night. I really, really watched him play. I wanted to see a lot and see the things that he does to try to make my game better because, I mean, he's really a great athlete. And I just like the way he controls himself on the field. He makes the plays, and I mean that's what you want to look up to a player that's gonna go out there and perform every time he steps on the field. Ryan, they've been trying to compare me to him a whole lot with the quickness and all of that that I have in my game.

"So I mean, if I can just perfect that and just try to make defenders miss and make defenders really not know what I'm gonna do, go across the middle, go deep, anything, that's basically what I want to try to perfect and try to work on in my game."

The receiver-friendly, up-tempo offense is another factor for the do-it-all who works inside, outside, works at quarterback in the Wildcat and returns punts and kickoffs.

"I just like the spread, how they spread the ball around to everybody," Foreman said. "They get all their athletes a chance. You know what I mean? If you give me a chance, I'm gonna make the most of my opportunities and that's all I ask is for a chance. And I really like the way that they just conduct themselves on offense. They really have a fast paced offense."

A history of recent quarterbacks like Jason White and Sam Bradford--both won Heisman Trophies--and Landry Jones to throw to those skill players doesn't hurt the perception either.

"I really like to be in an offense like that, and I feel like they have great wide receivers and a whole great offense, period," Foreman said. "And I mean they have a great quarterback. So I mean, like I said, I could really see myself fitting into the offense very well."

Admittedly, Foreman is a happy camper.

But so, too, are the Sooner faithful after hearing the news.

Foreman had a response to that:

"It really feels great. I mean, I really wasn't expecting that tonight. But it really shows me that the fans really do stick behind their team and they welcome anybody on that's willing to play for OU. And I mean why not go to a school like that that everyone wants to be there for you and back you up and everything and gonna cheer for you? I mean, like I said, I really wasn't expecting that tonight, but seeing people like that, I feel like that I made a great choice."

As does Sooner Nation.

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