Elite Arizona athlete talking to Buffs

D.J. Foster is simply one of the best playmakers in the west in the 2012 recruiting cycle and he has the offers to prove it. One of them is from the new Colorado coaching staff, which includes Eric Bieniemy, the man who has coached Foster's favorite player the past five years. Get inside for more.

D.J. Foster accumulated 2,161 yards of total offense last fall with 26 touchdowns. He also made 60 tackles defensively with seven interceptions. Those numbers have earned him 13 scholarship offers to this point.

He received an offer from Colorado in early March and has been communicating with CU coach Eric Bieniemy whose previous job was coaching Foster's favorite player, Adrian Peterson with the Minnesota Vikings.

Foster said he is intrigued by Colorado and hopes to get to Boulder to visit the campus and check out the program some time this summer or next fall.

"I want to get down there and see how things have changed and how they run their offense," Foster said. "I'm kind of excited to see what their new installment is and everything and see if I can fit into it better."

The only schools in the Pac-12 that haven't offered Foster to this point are the two Washington schools and Utah. He also has offers from Penn State, Nebraska, Notre Dame and Arkansas. He says he is wide open with recruiting, though he does like the idea of playing in the Pac-12.

Some schools are recruiting him as a defensive back and others are recruiting him as a running back or receiver. He said he prefers to play offense. Colorado seems to be recruiting him for that purpose.

He will travel to USC this weekend for an unofficial visit and says he plans to make trips to UCLA, Cal and Stanford this summer as well.

Foster doesn't know anyone at Colorado personally but he knows of CU safety Ray Polk, who is a product of Brophy Prep in Arizona. Foster said he followed Polk's high school career when he was younger.

"I kind of followed him a little bit, so when I saw he went to Colorado, that definitely made my impressions a lot bigger on Colorado," he said. "I like watching them play and stuff so..."

Foster recently completed the basketball season with a disappointing loss in the state championship game. He was the point guard for his team as a freshman and then didn't play basketball as a sophomore. So coming back as a junior and making it all the way to the title game was rewarding.

He said managing the recruiting process can be difficult at times, but he is getting by and not allowing it to overwhelm him. He said he will probably make his decision late in the process after taking all five of his official visits.

"Every week it gets crazier and crazier, but I'm blessed and thankful for it, I asked for it so..." Foster said. "I'm just kind of enjoying the process and everything."

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