Junior RB Names Early Favorites

Illinois running back Dion Foster needs one touchdown to become his school's all-time leading rusher. Foster talks about his early contacts and favorites.

Oak Lawn (Ill.) Richards running back Dion Foster will lose his quarterback (Sean Lewis) to Wisconsin in 2004 but he still plans on setting a few records in his absence.

"I need one touchdown next year to become the all-time leading scorer in school history." Dion Foster said.

"I should also become the school's all-time leading rusher as well. I'm just a few yards short of that record."

Foster will be a three-year starter for the Bulldogs next season. Dion doesn't have the size that most college recruiters will be looking for, he's only 5-9 and 190-pounds but schools like Oklahoma and Kansas State have made a living on running backs of this size.

I feel that Foster could turn out to be a Fred Russell (Iowa) or Anthony Davis (Wisconsin) type running back but he'll need to get in the right system.

"I've been to junior days at Illinois and Indiana," said Foster.

"I don't have any scholarship offers yet but a lot of schools have been sending letters. Iowa and Illinois are recruiting me the hardest.

"My favorites right now would be Iowa, Oklahoma, Illinois, Wisconsin, Tennessee and Nebraska."

Foster rushed for 1,909 yards and 32 touchdowns as a sophomore. He had 1,558 yards rushing and 22 touchdowns in 2003. Dion was named all-area two years in a row.

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