Recruiting: One Of State's Top Athletes Picks UT

Mac McWhorter</B>, Texas' offensive tackles and tight ends coach, drew the task of landing arguably the state's top athlete and he did just that when all-everything prospect <B>Eric Foreman</B> decided to pull the trigger in favor of the Horns.

Texas, currently with 14 commitments, had been after Eric Foreman for awhile, but earlier in the recruiting process Foreman stated that he wanted to see how much interest he'd receive as a QB. For the most part, teams recruited him as a DB, LB, WR, and the Horns were no different. After toiling over his options during the Thanksgiving holidays, the district MVP decided that playing QB on the next level wasn't going to top playing anywhere on the field for The University of Texas.

Foreman, who plays QB and FS for Corrigan-Camden head coach Todd York, also does the kicking and punting. Once football season is over, he laces it up for basketball season then puts on a pair of cleats and hits the baseball diamond. And if that's not enough to convince you of his athletic abilities, he completes the high school year by competing in both the shot put and discus for the track team.

Pretty impressive, huh?

"Eric's good at everything he does," said York. "He's been all-district as a free safety every year (four years) he's been in high school, all-district at quarterback for the last three years, district MVP the last two years, and that's just football. He also won district MVP in basketball last year, is the team's best pitcher in baseball and went to state for the shot and discus last year in track and field. Texas got a heckuva an athlete."

His stats per camp in College Station this past May were as follows:

Height - 6-2.5, Weight - 208, 40 - 4.68, 20-yard shuttle - 4.46, Vertical - 32.3" and Bench Reps @ 185 pounds - 15.

According to York, Foreman is now up to 6-4, 210 pounds, runs a 4.6 in the 40, benches 250, squats 365 and has around a 250-pound power clean.

His coach went on to say, "Eric has rushed for 950 yards, passed for 800 yards and accounted for 27 TD's from the QB position. Playing FS on the defense, he's got about 68 tackles and three interceptions."

With A&M, LSU and Texas Tech hot on the trail, Texas never gave an inch in securing the pledge from the multi-talented Foreman.

"Without a doubt, Texas recruited him harder than any of the other schools in pursuit," York told IT. "It's been a lifelong dream of his to play for The University of Texas, so I think he and Texas will be happy."

Of course, there are often doubts about kids who compete only at the 2A-level, but Foreman's coach doesn't buy that.

"Eric has the uncanny ability to make the 'Big Plays' at the right time," he said. "He's big, strong and the best hitter I've ever coached. And when you look at his unique combination of physical ability and mental savvy, you get great anticipation resulting in a guy that just makes plays all over the field. The only thing Eric will need to work on will be his pure foot-speed. But I see him playing SS or LB on the next level and he has the speed to do that already. However, if he wants to take his game to the highest level, then he'll improve his speed, which he can do."

Corrigan-Camden (11-1) is very much alive in the playoffs with a 34-14 victory over Hooks last weekend. They'll face Odem (13-0), who was a 20-13 winner against Comfort, this Saturday. Should they prevail they'll head to the semifinals to face the winner of Shallowater (12-1) and Bangs (13-1).

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