In-State Speedster Finds Home With Duke

The long recruiting journey for Burlington (N.C.) Williams High standout Tony Foster has finally come to a happy end with the 6-foot-2, 170 pound receiver committing to Duke.

"I was able to commit to Duke this morning when I sat down with Coach Cutcliffe," said Tony Foster. "It's a real relief to know that I'm going to be playing at a very high level for the next five seasons, and I'm excited to be a Blue Devil."

Foster, who first appeared on the Duke wish list this summer as a standout member of the summer camp, nearly earned an offer from the previous coaching staff, but was unsure what would happen with the new regime. However, soon after taking control of the program, Coach David Cutcliffe's proclamation of taking players who could run forced Foster's name back to the top.

"The coaches were all talking about what it's going to take for us to really make things happen. All of the new staff has been there before and they believe in Coach Cutcliffe. Being around the players and coaches all weekend, I knew Duke was the right choice for me even before I got to talk with Coach Cutcliffe. When he offered, it was easy."

During his workout at camp this summer, Foster wow'ed all those in attendance by running a sizzling 4.16 in the three cone drill and then further displaying his speed by clocking in with an unofficial 4.42 in the forty. Now that he's entering the Blue Devil program, Foster will concentrate his efforts at the wide receiver position.

"I had a chance to talk to Coach Cutcliffe and Coach Montgomery about how we're going to play and it's going to be a lot of fun. Like most of the other coaches, Coach Montgomery played in the NFL and knows what it takes to get there. And Coach Cutcliffe knows how to coach quarterbacks - so we're going to throw a lot."

As a senior Foster caught 68 passes for more than 1,100 yards and 10 scores - good enough to earn an invite to play for North Carolina in the annual Shrine Bowl.

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