Foster Likes SEC School

Shane Foster is down to six schools. He took his first official visit last weekend, has four more set up and squeezed in an unofficial visit date during that time as well.

The Vanderbilt Commodores had a big weekend of campus visits. Committed point guard Alex Gordon was in town but that was pretty much a formality as he's pledged his allegiance. However, Kevin Stallings' team had some pressing business with small forward Shane Foster.

The Louisiana native has six schools on his list and this was his first official trip. LSU is next up on Sept. 20 followed by an unofficial to Southern Miss and then a series of officials to Georgetown, Mississippi State and Kansas.

The Hoyas recently popped up into prominence on this list, replacing a Conference USA school. "They had been involved before for a nice while they had been in my Top 6 but not my Top 5," Foster said. "When Marquette got dropped, I just added them on. They were always someone that I considered."

Back to Vandy.

From the sounds of it, the Commodores did a nice job last weekend. "I felt very welcome," Foster said. "The people were very nice. They were down to earth people and I felt that they were honest with me. It seemed like they wanted me to be there."

One of the questions Foster had was about academics and just what it takes at Vandy. "For the most part, it was like being that Vanderbilt is such a prestigious school, it's on everyone's mind and it's a hard school. They said the hardest thing was getting in as long as you had the will and determination to get things done."

For their efforts, the Commodores are now the leaders. "It's a lot more to it than that. I really like the school and it's such a prestigious atmosphere. That sets it apart from nearly every school on my list. It's a family atmosphere they care about you as a person as well as a student-athlete."

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