Manvel (Tx.) High School quarterback Dexter Foreman has become the latest 2011 commit for Jerry Kill and his staff.
“That I did, that I did,” he said when asked if he committed to Minnesota. “I actually committed last Friday."
Although Foreman committed to the Golden Gophers only four days after he received a scholarship, he diligently researched what Minnesota had to offer.
I did my research on coach [Jerry] Kill and the school,” he said. “It was very sudden. Like I tell people, ‘you wouldn’t go buy a house without looking at it.’ I wanted to take a visit—do my research. I just love how Coach Kill and his staff have a stable environment.
“Most of his coaches on his staff have been with him for years now and he has taken them to two different schools. Another thing about Coach Kill is he’s a straightforward guy.
"The past two schools he’s been to he’s turned them completely around from losing to winning programs. At the D-1AA level and the D-1 level in the MAC.
"I’m just excited about the Big Ten experience and just looking forward to all the surprises it may bring. I’m just working hard to put my stamp on the whole Big Ten conference.”
One of the reasons the 6-foot-3, 190-pound quarterback chose Minnesota was the new offense that is tailor-made for his skill set.
“Coach Kill switched up the offense from last year—the previous staff—to a more dual-threat-quarterback-happy offense," Foreman said. "He told me that he needed a dual-threat quarterback.
“So I prayed on it. I looked at the offense that was given to me, which was a dual-threat-happy offense. I figured, you know, what the heck? This is a good spot for me. This is a good spot for my college career and I’m ready.”
“I feel that I can really read a defense and be a pocket-passer—be poised and not shooken up. I think I’ll bring a great deal of leadership to the team. Not saying there aren’t leaders there but this is just another leader coming in.
"Even though being a pocket passer, I can sprint out in case everything is closed and make a play with my feet. I’m just bringing a great work ethic there and a leadership role to Minneapolis.”
Foreman, a former Colorado commit, explained what his goals are for his freshman season in the Maroon and Gold.
“The type of player that I am—I just want to push the whole team [to] work as hard as they can because that is what I’ll be doing," he said. "I shoot for the stars so, I can say as a player, I want to be the No.1 guy come first game and throughout the season as the starting quarterback for the Minnesota Gophers.
“With that, we’re going to take it one game at a time and try to win as much as possible. But why stop there? … I want to try to win a Heisman.”
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