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October 29, 2012

Commodores add in-state athlete

Vanderbilt added another commitment to its 2013 recruiting class on Sunday as Kingsport (Tenn.) athlete Malik Foreman pledged his services shortly after an unofficial visit to the school.

The versatile Dobyns-Bennett High standout received an offer from the school over the weekend and after some consideration, chose to jump aboard with the school. VandySports.com was able to confirm the decision late Sunday night.

A 5-foot-10, 170-pound two-way player, Foreman is considered one of the quickest players in the state and easily one of its most explosive prospects.

As a junior, Foreman emerged as a multidimensional threat, scoring from all areas of the field, including six special teams returns for touchdowns. He was also a standout cornerback for the

This fall, Foreman has been electrifying on offense, rushing for 936 yards and 16 touchdowns as an option quarterback while also posting over 300 yards and six touchdowns as a receiver. On defense he's posted five interceptions with seven pass breakups and forced six fumbles. Foreman has also accounted for three touchdowns on special teams returns.

The senior season has attracted new suitors from all over the south, including a number of schools from the SEC. Kentucky was the first program to offer a scholarship a month ago, while other programs such as Auburn, Mississippi State and Tennessee had also begun to show increased interest.

Foreman's visit to Vanderbilt was his third since the summer when the athlete impressed the Commodore coaches with a strong camp performance. Receivers coach Josh Gattis recently visited Kingsport to take an extended look at Foreman, and made the decision that it was time to offer.

The Commodores believe he can play multiple positions during his collegiate career including receiver and defensive back. He could also prove to be valuable as a special teams returner.

He was clocked at a 4.4 flat in the forty this summer and runs a 10.6 in the 100 meter dash in track. He's also posted a shuttle run at 4.11 and a vertical of nearly 35 inches.

A good student, Foreman carries a 3.6 GPA and has scored over a 22 on his ACT.

He becomes the 21st verbal commitment to the class. Earlier in the weekend, the Commodores parted ways with long-time safety commitment Malik Greaves.

VandySports.com hopes to have more info on Foreman's decision later on Monday.





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