5-Star DE Korey Foreman Names Top 7 Including Howard, Alabama, LSU and More

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistJuly 9, 2020

Credit: 247Sports.com

Five-star strong-side defensive end Korey Foreman has listed the seven schools he's still considering ahead of making a commitment for the 2021 season.

Foreman is the No. 1 player in the country in the 2021 class, per 247Sports' composite rankings. The native of Corona, California, named Howard, USC, Georgia, Alabama, Oregon, Clemson and LSU as his top seven Wednesday.

For the most part, Foreman's finalists include the usual suspects.

LSU is the reigning national champion, while Clemson and Alabama are perennial title contenders. Georgia has consistently been in the College Football Playoff picture as well under head coach Kirby Smart, while USC and Oregon routinely attract the top talent from the West Coast.

Howard, a historically Black university whose football team competes in the Football Championship Subdivision, is the clear outlier.

Five-star basketball recruit Makur Maker, the No. 4 center and No. 17 player overall for 2020 in 247Sports' composite rankings, committed to the Bison earlier this week. He tweeted, "I need to make the HBCU movement real so that others will follow."

The Atlantic's Jemele Hill proposed last October that having star high school recruits commit to and play for historically Black colleges and universities could provide a big lift to the schools.

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Attending Howard is an easier sell for basketball players since the Bison are a Division I program. The level of competition in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference won't match that of a power conference, but Maker still has the opportunity to qualify for the NCAA tournament.

The Bison football team plays in the FCS, though, and Foreman would be tied to Howard for at least three years to fulfill his eligibility requirements for the NFL draft.

NFL coaches and general managers don't disregard FCS players when they do their evaluations ahead of the draft. A handful are selected every year, and quarterback Carson Wentz is the most notable recent example. The Philadelphia Eagles selected the former North Dakota State star with the No. 2 overall pick in 2016.

Like Maker is attempting to do for basketball, perhaps Foreman could help make HBCUs major destinations on the gridiron.