It’s December 2020.
By now, we all know two things for certain: We’re all living through a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic and Korey Foreman is very, very good at football.
But unlike the year 2020 and how it dramatically changed overnight into the pandemic world we live in today, Foreman didn’t magically transform into the nation’s top overall high school football player and 12th-highest-ranked recruit of all time overnight.
In fact, it’s taken years.
A lot of that transformation is certainly due to Foreman himself.
His work ethic both on the field and off the field as well as in the classroom immediately jumps off the page when you speak to him. And it’s that work ethic that has transformed his ability from potential star to actual, living, breathing, working superstar.
As he graciously squeezed in an interview with me ahead of a 10:36 am Zoom class on the dot, Foreman outlined his day, from sunup to sundown, from school work to workouts and eventually rehab, rest and restoring.
“I've been able to keep a great schedule that allows me to focus on my school from 7:30 am to 11:00 am and then transition to my athletic focus the rest of the day until 4:00 pm,” Foreman said. “I've been blessed to transition back into Winner Circle Athletics Prep Academy program. I attended WCA for middle school as it's an athletic performance training school that a lot of the top local players attended before high school. My brother actually goes to the school now and my mom is a elementary teacher at the academy.”
"I have a set schedule with my training coach Elisieo Monday through Friday, and I focus on strength, speed, recovery and position work in the afternoon. I've dropped about 30 pounds and about 11% body fat over the last six months alone."
You don’t get to being ranked as the No. 1 recruit for your class, the Class of 2021, without that kind of work ethic displayed with classwork that saw a terrific GPA and that kind of work on his body that he mentioned. You don’t see yourself become ranked the ‘12th-best recruit’ since the recruiting site 247Sports began giving high school recruits a numerical average, a process that dates back to the early 2000s, without that kind of effort every day.
In a world of ever-changing and ever-evolving daily activities, it’s that work ethic that kept Foreman on top of his game and continuing to improve his craft when he is able to get back out on the football field eventually.
Now, on the brink of his highly-anticipated commitment to the next-level university of his choosing, Foreman looks back on all that has changed since March and since COVID-19 flipped his and the rest of the Class of 2021’s world on its head.
“Everything flipped around for me and I no longer could see my team, go to camps or stick to my schedule that I had laid out for me before graduating early in January,” Foreman said of his life post-COVID-19's appearance. “But after that, I was still able to compete at the Top 100 Showcase, Hard Knocks camp and in a game versus Washington in November with Winner Circle. I have been in the lab grinding and it's felt good to apply what I've learned from training this offseason to the showcase & games I was able to play in through WCA."
And it’s Winner Circle Athletics (WCA) who deserves more than just some of that aforementioned transformation.
As Foreman is part of the class of students in their inaugural academic class structure, his work ethic played right into the Monday-Friday grind that WCA expected from their athletes who took classes at WCA.
"WCA helped me make the transition from eighth grade to high school, and now that I've been able to get back to work with WCA and train with the top players like Kenny Clark and everyone else who trains here, it's been great for my overall development mentally and physically," Foreman said. "I have been focusing on the details when it comes to my nutrition, recovery and mindset-training I do as a part of my training program. I've always been big, strong and fast but to really dial things in with my body and mindset. Not a lot of kids have access to a program like I do and now that I've been able to spend time fine-tuning my body and mind, I know WCA has given me the tools to get me ready for my next chapter. I have a lot of hours in the day during the lockdown and I'm making sure I win every second."
That winning every second mentality fit perfectly as a product of Winner Circle Athletics (WCA). A lot of credit absolutely goes to Foreman’s work ethic, which is easy to see. But don't take my word for it.
"Korey has all the tools to be a great player, now we are focusing on everything that he will need to handle on the field and off being the first class to head into college with the new NIL rules," Jordan Campbell, founder of Winner Circle Athletics said. "It's uncharted waters and the more information he can get on what he wants his brand to be, the better come August 1st. College is now the NFL and high school in now college when it comes to players being in the spotlight. Kids are becoming icons at a young age with social media and to be educated on the do's and don'ts will be huge for kids in the near future.“
Winner Circle is set to be a huge victor in the new name, image and likeness deals for college football as they've routinely had some of the nation's top high school athletes in their doors. Headlined by Foreman himself, they also have some other top-notch athletes for the next recruiting classes right behind him.
And while WCA may be thankful for Foreman and setting a great example to the rest of the class of student-athletes there current and future, Foreman himself is thankful to WCA and the palpable results they’ve already shown for him.
Foreman has documented measurables from The Opening in July of 2019 that are even outdated.
“Back before I really got into it, you know, my 40-yard dash time was in the 5.2, 5.3 range,” Foreman said. “But now, that’s down to around a 4.5, 4.6 and my weight is around 258 right now with 8.5% body fat. With my summer and first semester being taken away I've really just been focusing on what I can control. It's unfortunate that a lot of my plans with recruiting trips, high school football, leaving to college early and playing in the Army All-American Game (were altered). However, I've had a chance to play with WCA's club high school team they started and focus on the opportunities I still have."
It’s those results that, although he couldn’t showcase them like he normally would have this summer, WCA is doing their hardest to make sure they don’t get overlooked. And not just for Foreman. The aforementioned club high school team is a game-changer in that regard.
"With CIF (California Interscholastic Federation) shutting down and the dead period extended over and over again, we have been on the frontline of getting players exposure and updated film for colleges," Campbell said. "We put together the first-ever Virtual Showcase in June and live-streamed to 273 colleges, the first full-contact 11v11 training camp with 160 players looking to get updated film in August and now we are starting the first-ever 11v11 Club Football League and will have 20 high school football club team compete starting January 2nd in the hopes to get some new film before Signing Day."
Though Foreman has played his final high school football game like the way we all knew it last November, and even if that layoff will certainly be something to overcome when he does get to his school, his participating in WCA’s events as well as their rigorous work has him in a great position to hit the ground running as a true freshman. And he knows it.
“I've been able to focus on my body and get in the best shape of my life,” Foreman said.
If one thing is for certain, the work ethic displayed by Forman on this call as well as in any numerous highlight-reel moments on social media, I believe him.
He’ll absolutely be ready.