Georgia Standout Commits to Noles
"It came down to distance from home," Blakely (GA) Early County linebacker Dan Foster said. "I felt more comfortable with the coaches at Florida State and I got the chance to be down there a lot and get to know a lot of the players like Travis Johnson, A.J. Nicholson and Ernie Sims."
Blakely (GA) is typical of most small towns in the Peach State that have a lot Georgia Bulldogs fans and alumni. Foster indicated to Scout.com that he getting a lot of pressure to stay in state.
"The whole process was starting to wear on me," he said. "On Saturday, I sat down with my family and came to a decision. My family was very happy with my decision."
One family member that must be very happy is former Seminole defensive back standout Tay Cody. Foster and Cody are first cousins.
The 6-foot-2 and 220 pound standout was very impressed with two Seminole assistant coaches.
"Coach Jody Allen was the coach that was the one recruiting me," he said. "He's a straight up person. He's a good, clean guy that recruited me like a man. I met Coach Steele in Tallahassee and he's going to be a great guy to play for. With him being a former NFL coach, he knows what skills are necessary to get into the league."
What are the Noles getting in the South Georgia linebacker?
"I feel that I'm the best linebacker in the state of Georgia," Foster said. "I'll be committed to the team and give it a 100%."
Scout.com's National Recruiting Analysis Jamie Newberg is awe of Foster's talent.
"Dan Foster is a big-time linebacker," Newberg said. "He's everything you want in a linebacker with size, speed and hitting-ability. It's a shame that there's so many good linebacker in the South this year like Tray Blackmon and Eugene Hayes because they probably steal a lot of his thunder."
Foster touts his versatility as one of his strengths. However, he wouldn't mine playing weak-side linebacker in college.
"I feel like I could play strong-side linebacker because of my coverage skills," he said. "However, I like weak-side best because it would allow me the freedom to use my motor and run."
Foster still plans on visiting Georgia and Tennessee officially to make sure he made the right decision.
"I'm 95% sure that I will stick with Florida State," he said.
In his senior season, Foster estimates recording 155 tackles with 60 tackles for a loss.
Foster has yet to qualify academically and he is scheduled to take the SAT test on December 4th.
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