Four-star Mundelein (Ill.) offensive tackle Sean Foster is wading his way through the recruiting process for a second time and Iowa State has caught his eye.
The 6-foot-8, 295-pound tackle, who is rated as the No. 26 overall tackle in 2016, originally committed to Minnesota coach Jerry Kill in April, but decommitted and re-opened his recruitment Dec. 1 after Minnesota’s coaching change.
Iowa State quickly entered the picture.
“With an all-new coaching staff and with the history all these coaches have had it’s definitely worth a visit for everything they’ve done for all their players and how they react to the players,” Foster said of Iowa State. “One of the key things that stuck out to me was that Coach [Jerry] Kill mentioned them in the job that they’ve got right now. I was very happy with Coach Kill and he was one of the big reasons why I committed to Minnesota so early and he was a big inspiration to me and my family.”
Kill’s recommendation of Iowa State’s staff has Foster ready for a visit, which will finally happen Jan. 15-17 when Foster arrives in Ames with some of his family.
Foster, who has already visited Purdue, holds offers from the likes of Syracuse, Illinois, Indiana, Boston College, California, Kentucky, Duke, Nebraska and a barrage of other Power 5 schools but doesn’t currently have a clear picture.
“Right now I don’t really have any schools that are sticking out, as you’d say,” said Foster, who hasn’t scheduled any other visits. “I’m kind of just open right now to everything, but in the next couple of weeks we’re going to be narrowing it down big time.”
There is some familiarity with Iowa in Foster’s family as his father, Troy, played right tackle for Iowa under coach Hayden Fry in the 1990s. Despite the rivalry, Foster’s father has helped him identify Iowa State as a key option.
“I kind of just want to go to Iowa State with an open mind and see what Iowa State is all about,” said Foster, who played in the Semper Fi All-American Bowl. “Even though my dad was a Hawkeye it’s kind of one of those things where my dad and my family were like, ‘This is a good offer right here.’”
Family will ultimately play a key factor for Foster.
“One of the key decisions is knowing that my family feels good with where I’m going to school and the type of bond that you’re going to have with the coach or a coach-parent relationship,” Foster said. “It’s one of those things where it’s very high for me to know that my parents trust the coaching staff.”
Iowa State, which is losing at least five regulars from 2015 on the offensive line, has put emphasis on building the group through the 2016 class. Foster is one of Iowa State’s priorities in the final three weeks before Signing Day.
That interest has been evident with his constant communication with head coach Matt Campbell, recruiting coordinator Alex Golesh and offensive line coach Tom Manning, who thus far has impressed the prized recruit.
“He’s a younger, more energetic guy,” Foster said. “He’s one of those guys who you can build an offense around. He’s got a lot of knowledge about the offensive line, which is very key, and seeing what he’s done in the past with his offensive line and putting as many offensive linemen in the NFL as he did is unbelievable.”