After amassing 1,316 all-purpose yards and 14 touchdowns in a limited role as a sophomore, Foster is looking for a breakout season in 2009 and schools around the country are slowly taking notice.
"UCLA is showing a lot of interest," Foster said at the VYPE 7-on-7 tournament Friday in Fayetteville. "They've sent me two letters already – handwritten. Other than that I've just been getting letters from schools; Arkansas is one.
"I think they're going to be pretty good this year. I love Coach Petrino and he's set to put Arkansas back on the map."
Foster is on Arkansas' recruiting radar having attended Razorback camps since his seventh grade year. His 4.5, 40-yard dash and 34-inch vertical jump don't hurt either.
"He would have started for almost any team in the state as a sophomore but he was on a team that was very senior-oriented," said Clarksville coach Michael Banning. "He made everybody else better and I think that's what true athletes do – they make everybody better and as a sophomore he made us better. We're really looking forward to having him in the backfield more this year.
"He's attended the Arkansas camp for several years. I think when you expose yourself to athletes that are just as good or better than you, you start seeing some of the things that you need to do better. Wesleigh has been the king on the field pitching the ball and he's always been able to out-run people; they can't catch him and they can't tackle him. So when you put yourself in position where you surround yourself with a lot of talent, you start find out your weaknesses. I think that's important in life that you have to find what your strengths are and keep those, but also find out what you need to work on in these camps and Wesleigh has done that."
Foster is one of several great athletes in the Arkansas 4A and below. That list includes highly-touted recruits like quarterbacks Kiehl Frazier (Shiloh Christian), Hayden Smith (Warren) and Darion Griswold (Dumas); running backs Greg White (DeQueen) and Arkansas commit Braylon Mitchell (Heber Springs); offensive lineman Alan Wright (Cave City); defensive tackles Sam Harvill (Shiloh Christian) and Byran Jones (Junction City); linebackers Mitchell Roberts (Shiloh Christian) and Tulsa commit Eldon Thompson (Warren); and safety Grant Gill (McGehee).
Banning attributes the great athletes in the smaller classifications to better coaching and events like this weekend's 7-on-7 tournament in Northwest Arkansas.
"It gives our kids an opportunity to get out here and play against teams like Fayetteville, who is one of the classes of the 7A," Banning said. "A lot of times when you do that and play good competition it shows you your strengths but it also shows your weaknesses and things you need to work on. What you see are athletes. When you play athletes you have to have athletes.
"At the 7A schools you're going to get to choose from 150 to 175 players. When you go down to the 4A and 3A level, and even 2A, you've got 40 players. There are usually about 15 to 20 players in each class. There are a lot of good coaches and a lot of coaches that are going out and learning what's taking place here in the Spread offense and learning how to get the ball to their athletes in a lot of different ways.
"I think there are a lot of good football players out there and I don't care what class it is the cream will come to the top, I don't care if it's 2A, 3A or 7A. If you're a good player and you attend these football camps where everybody has on the same helmet, they are the same player."
After attending Arkansas' camp in June, Foster is undecided if he will attend Sunday's one-day camp in Fayetteville. Regardless, because of his performance in recent camps, his coach feels the recruiting process is about to pick up.
"I really feel in the next two to three months we're going to see the mail pick up in schools that are interested in having an athlete," Banning said. "He's really not a tailback, he's really not a split end – he's just an athlete all over the field. That position of finding where he fits in on their team is going to be one they are going to look at." Wesleigh Foster