Local Texas verbals support Mack Brown

Local Texas verbals support Mack Brown
December 11, 2013, 10:45 pm
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UT verbal Armanti Foreman on Mack Brown

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The Mack Brown rumors, true or not, have certainly created a buzz among University of Texas recruits.

Two UT verbals, Texas City's Armanti Foreman and Lamar's John Bonney, were finalists for the end-of-the-year awards at the banquet put on by the Touchdown Club of Houston. Foreman was named the Touchdown Club of Houston's Offensive Player of the Year. Both have noticed the Mack Brown rumors.

"I talked to Mack last night on the phone and basically, he was saying it really wasn't true, that he wants to be at Texas," Foreman said. "He was out recruiting and he wouldn't be out recruiting if he didn't want to stay. So I mean, he really wants to stay, but he doesn't really know what's going to happen."

Foreman also doesn't know what will end up happening, but this he does know - he's still a solid Texas verbal.

"It's tough for people who really make their decisions based off of coaches," Foreman said. "If you make the decision based off the coaches and you don't know if the coach is going to be there, it's always going to be hard, but if you just like the university, then it's not going to be hard. If you like the university, then that's where you want to go, but for myself, it's not really hard. I mean, I like Texas. I do want Mack Brown to be my head coach, but if it doesn't happen, it doesn't happen."

Meanwhile, for Bonney, he hasn't yet thought much about the rumors. It's more of a wait-and-see approach.

"All that is really out of my control," Bonney said. "I wish Coach Brown the best because he's definitely a big reason why I chose the University of Texas - him and Coach (Duane) Akina. I think both are great coaches. Coach Brown has been there 16 years and has done a great job and has made a legacy for himself, so I hope this meeting goes well for him tomorrow."

Bonney hasn't yet talked to Texas coaches about the rumors, seeing as he just got a visit from Akina on Monday before all the rumors went wild.

"I'm not sure how this'll affect me," Bonney said. "But Coach Brown is a great coach, so we'll see and just play things by ear."