For Riverside (Calif.) C.C. running back Denzel Foster, it’s a waiting game.
The 5-foot-10, 200-pound running back is still looking for a home after spending two seasons at Riverside and stopped at Iowa State last week on an official visit. Now, Foster is waiting to hear from the Cyclones and is hoping for good news.
“They were telling me they have to evaluate because they have one more scholarship, so they don’t know where they’re going to go with it,” Foster told AllCyclones.com. “It’s just been a slow process evaluating where they’re going to give the scholarship to.”
The Cyclones were set to enter the 2015 season with a young trio of running backs in redshirt sophomore Tyler Brown, true sophomore Martinez Syria and redshirt freshman Mike Warren, but Syria was dismissed this offseason for a violation of team policies.
Butte (Calif.) College running back Kendall Williams committed to Iowa State in late June as an immediately eligible back, but it remains uncertain if or when he might arrive. Foster appears to be a solid late potential addition to fill the void.
“They said if it didn’t happen this week maybe it would roll over into next week,” Foster said of the timeline for a potential offer. “That’s all I know right about now. It’s really just a waiting game.”
Foster would add depth and experience to a young backfield. Brown had 24 carries in 2014 for the Cyclones, Warren redshirted and the third back who could emerge currently is true freshman Joshua Thomas. Foster, meanwhile, rushed for 861 yards on 122 carries as a freshman at Riverside and 1,017 yards on 173 carries as a sophomore last fall.
“I feel like even though I’d be going in kind of late, I feel like I’d be going as a leader because I’m most likely one of the oldest,” Foster said. “At the same time I’d have to learn the plays. I think it’d be a great experience.”
Iowa State has told Foster he’d be one of the bigger backs — weight-wise — and likes his ability to make people miss. He is self-described as “smooth.”
What stood out on his official visit had nothing to do with football.
“I like how serious they took the academics, like how much they really care,” Foster said. “You can get help at any time. If you need it you can call and if you just need someone to talk to, the academic advisor is there to talk. That’s what really caught my eye.”
Now, he’s hoping he can make a return trip to Ames.
“That would be good news to my ears [if they offer]. That would be great,” Foster said. “If they were to call me and say I got the offer I would try to leave as soon as possible, and my family knows that.”