Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

December 17, 2013

Rusk's Foreman tabbed to play in Blue-Grey All American Bowl

Jay Neal
Jacksonville Daily Progress


Out of a pool of 6,750 high school football talents, Rusk High School senior, Ray Forman, was one of 90 standouts that were picked to play in the Blue-Grey All American Bowl.

Forman, a senior running back, will suit up for the West unit.

The game will take place at 7 p.m. Sunday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, the $1.3 billion home of the Dallas Cowboys.

Forman said that he was excited about getting a chance to display his skills on the big stage and was flattered at being chosen.

“I think it will be a good opportunity to show some people what I can do,” he said. “I'm humbled to have been selected to play in the game and hopefully I can do something to help the West team win.”

Given the fact that Foreman missed four games this past season due to injury, having one final chance to possibly catch the eye of a college coach searching for a speedy running back is like an early Christmas present for Foreman.

“It was hard not playing in those games being it was my Senior year,” Foreman said. “I'm realize that I am definitely blessed and I am thankful to have this opportunity.”

The Blue-Grey game features top senior recruits who have competed in regional combines at various NFL stadiums or training sites across the United states.

Foreman took part in the Southwest Combine in Arlington back in April and from there he was summoned to take part in the National Super Combine, which was held in Foxborough, Mass.

Of the 368 student-athletes that were invited to last year's Super Combine, 312 received college scholarship offers.

Foreman said that he hopes to be able attract recruiting attention by playing in the game.

“I want to go over there and show the college coaches what I can do,” Foreman said. “It's exciting to think about getting a free college education. There are all kind of things that can take away what you can do on a football field, but only God can take away someone's education, so that is why it is so important to me.”

Forman, who was coached by Ted Patton at Rusk, rushed for 1,063 yards and 10 touchdowns during his days as an Eagle.

Foreman will report on Friday, with the teams practicing Friday and Saturday in the Metroplex.

On Saturday evening, a media night for players and parents will take place.

The game will be streamlined across America by Impact Sports Network.