Manvel QB a Top Sophomore

The state of Texas has produced nationally recruited quarterback prospects in high volume in recent years and the 2011 class is already shaping up to be more of the same. One of the top signal callers is Manvel's Dexter Foreman Jr. Burnt Orange Beat spoke with Foreman this week.

Manvel's Dexter Foreman Jr. is well on his way to being one of the top signal callers in Texas in the 2011 class after a productive season that ended with being named the 24-4A Newcomer of the Year.

The 6-1.5, 194-pounder with legit 4.6 speed threw for 1,251 and 15 touchdowns in nine games as well as rushing for 448 yards and six additional scores in 2008 helping the Mavericks to a 3-6 season in their first on the varsity level after starting for the J.V. as a freshman. The son of former Morgan State quarterback Dexter Foreman says the team grew up this season and is ready for big things in 2009.

"Even though we didn't make the playoffs, which was quite disappointing, I thought we did well for our first year playing varsity," Foreman Jr. said. "We beat a powerhouse Texas City team that was a good team again and then we beat legendary LaMarque and came within a point of Friendswood. I think we did pretty well. You know, there are always things I can get better on, like accuracy, but overall I thought I did pretty well. I was the leading rusher on the team and threw for some pretty good yardage, but there are things I need to improve on."

Like most young quarterbacks, footwork is key in not only weight transfer, but also everything that goes into being an accurate passer. Foreman Jr. says that is his area of focus for the spring and summer.

"As a quarterback, I think you should always work on your feet and continually get better there. Accuracy too. Accuracy and my feet are the two big things for me this spring and summer," Foreman Jr. said.

The young signal caller, who ran a 4.53 at Texas camp last summer and has posted a 30.5 vertical jump, falls into the dual threat mode and has already caught the attention of a number of college programs. Foreman Jr., who was sporting a Texas Longhorns lanyard at Tuesday's 24-4A district track meet, said the Longhorns stand out early on.

"I'm being recruited by Texas, Kansas State, Nebraska, Iowa, UCLA and Houston. Texas is one of the main ones. I like the facility and I've been liking them since I was little. Hopefully, if things go well, we'll see what happens with Texas. I've been up there for the speed and agility camp and the three-day camp last summer," Foreman Jr. said.

Last weekend, the leader of the Manvel program got to take a close look at some other quarterbacks at the Elite 11 tryouts in Fort Worth. Foreman Jr. came away impressed with what he saw.

"It was quite an experience and it was fun to see other quarterbacks from this area and state. There were even guys from Louisiana, Oklahoma and other states. I think I did well. One dude that looked good was one committed to Missouri (James Franklin of Lake Dallas). He looked good, but I don't remember his name," Foreman Jr. said.

After spring practice concludes May 21, Foreman will turn his attention to the summer camp circuit, which will include the Longhorns for a second straight year.

"I have one more Nike Camp in May and then I plan to go to a couple of summer camps at Kansas State and Texas," Foreman Jr. said.

Foreman File

vs. C.E. King (L) 16-26-1-159 1 TD, 8-37 1TD rushing
vs. Clear Spring (L) 10-42-2-91, 9-57
vs. Pearland Dawson (L) 7-17-2-172 1 TD, 7-65
vs. Brazosport (L) 8-16-1-101 2 TD, 13-30
vs. Texas City (W) 14-26-1-204 3TD, 15-28
vs. Santa Fe (W) 17-31-1-169 2 TD, 13-56
vs. Friendswood (L) 10-13-0-171 2 TD, 12-57 1 TD
vs. LaMarque (W) 10-20-0-134 2 TD, 15-71 2 TD
vs. Angleton (L) 12-34-2-209 3 TD, 15-47 1 TD

Season Totals: 104-225-10-1,251, 15 TD (passing), 107-448, 6 TD (rushing)

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