It has been a while since the Sooners received a commitment and following the weekend of the Kansas State game, one in which OU was hosting a number of recruits, it made sense that stretch of silence on the recruiting front would change. And change it did, but in the form of a 2014 verbal commitment rather than in the expected 2013 class.
All of that is a long winded way of saying the Sooners have picked up their first 2014 commitment. 5'11" 175 pound Texas City (TX) wide receiver Armanti Foreman committed to Oklahoma Monday night according to multiple reports.
Oklahoma was the only current offer Foreman held thus far, but according to what he told ESPN's Sooner Nation it was the only one he needed.
"When OU is your first offer, you don't need to see what else comes around," Foreman said. "After doing a lot of research and talking to my dad and my family, I just thought there was no way I could pass up a chance like this to play football at OU."
Foreman said he is hoping to make an unofficial visit to OU later this month when the Sooners host Notre Dame.
Norvell visited Texas City a couple of weeks ago and talked to Foreman's coach. That visit was the first time Foreman said OU had shown any interest. Foreman called Norvell back later in the week, and he said he felt that immediate connection that he knew he didn't have to wait.
"They've won a lot of championships and the tradition is incredible at OU. It's something I really want to be a part of," Foreman said. "This wasn't a tough decision at all."
Don't take the fact that OU was his only offer as a lack of interest. Despite what some may tell you, it's still fairly early in the 2014 recruiting process (especially for how Oklahoma does their evaluations) and there has been plenty of talk surrounding a number of high profile schools and their interest in Foreman. They had simply yet to offer and now the Sooners will benefit from that fact.
Foreman is your prototypical slot wide receiver and while a bit raw as a prospect, his athleticism and speed are very easy to spot on film.
Also potentially playing in the Sooners favor is the fact Foreman has a 6'0" 200 pound twin brother (D'onta) who plays running back. It remains to be seen whether or not Oklahoma is interested in adding both brothers, but should that change the Sooners would obviously have a leg up on the competition.
Welcome to Sooner Nation, Armanti!