Foster impressed with ASU following visit

In the 2012 recruiting class cycle there has been a concerted effort by the Sun Devils' staff to bring in the top local prospects for unofficial visits. One of the most recent visitors to the Tempe campus was Scottsdale Saguaro athlete D.J. Foster, who talked to Devils Digest about his experience.

6-0 185 D.J. Foster, who was accompanied by Sabercat teammate Ryan Merrill, stated that he enjoyed getting to see the familiar surroundings of the Arizona State campus.

"It was a fun visit," Foster said. "I had a good time with coach (Bryce) Erickson who is recruiting me. He really is a cool guy. It was cool meeting him and all the other coaches, and also seeing guys like Corey Adams and Max Smith who used to be my teammates. I saw them and the other players do the conditioning drills and you could tell how hard they were working.

"This was my first time really meeting all of the coaching staff and a lot of the players, and also the first time I got to see the players workout."

Foster who can play multiple positions on the field is being recruited by the Sun Devils as a running back and he is pleased that his recruiting coach, Bryce Erickson, is also his potential position coach.

"He is a very cool person that tells is like it is," Foster commented. "You can tell he is a loyal guy."

Foster holds offers from virtually the entire Southern division of the Pac-12, as well as othr league schools and out of conference programs such as Arkansas, Nebraska, Notre Dame and Penn State.

"Most of the schools are recruiting me as an athlete," Foster remarked. "They know I can play running back, wide receiver and defensive back. I want to play the position that will get me on the field the most, so it doesn't matter to be where that is."

As the saying goes, familiarity breeds comfort and the fact that Scottsdale Saguaro's offensive scheme is very similar to that of ASU's, is one aspect that makes the maroon and gold an attractive option for the Sabercat standout.

"I know that if I saw their practices I would know almost all the plays that they are running," Foster explained. "So that would be cool to play in a system where you know what to do because you have seen it before. Even the conditioning drills they run are the same as ours at Saguaro.

"The coaches like how fast I am and my ability to cutback. But they also know I have power and speed. I can lower my shoulder and get those extra yards. I know I need to get bigger and stronger and I also want to work on my breakaway speed because right now I run in the high 4.4's."

As someone who lived in the valley for the last seven years, Foster obviously followed the Sun Devil program during that period and feels that he has a fairly intimate knowledge of the ASU team.

"When I see my old Saguaro teammates out there you start thinking that maybe this is where I should go to college," Foster confessed. "Now I'm also getting to know other players and all the coaches too. It's really good getting the inside scoop from those guys (former Saguaro teammates) because they can tell you stuff about the program that no one else can tell you. They told how close everyone on the team is and how hard they all work.

"But right now I'm also open to leaving the state. I want to check out other campuses and see what my options are. So it doesn't matter to me if I'm going to stay close to home or not."

Foster said that he plans to attend ASU's Junior Day event next month, and take unofficial visits to the California schools over the summer. Other than that he has no plans to attend any team camps or combine events.

"My family is going to be a big part of my decision," Foster pointed out. "My dad has to have a good relationship with the coaching staff. Education is very important to me do and that's another thing I'm going to look at when I commit.

"I really want to take my official visits after my senior season, so I don't see myself committing before then."

As a junior Foster was instrumental in the Scottsdale Saguaro's 12-2 campaign which culminated with a 4AI state championship, their fourth in the last five years. On the ground Foster rushed 126 times for 1,421 yards and 22 touchdowns. He also caught 43 receptions for 730 yards and four touchdowns. The all-state player also shined on defense with 60 tackles and seven interceptions.

"We obviously lost some good seniors," Foster admitted, "but I think we can repeat because we have a lot of good players coming back. At Saguaro you always aim to win the championship every year so that is what we are shooting for this season."

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