Mundelein (Ill.) four-star offensive tackle Sean Foster arrived at Iowa State uncertain what to expect after hearing about the program in recent weeks.
Consider the prized prospect impressed.
“To be honest with you, everything about Iowa State was a surprise to me,” Foster said. “The coaching staff was a huge surprise, the facilities are a huge surprise, everything was just a huge surprise and it’s all positive.”
The 6-foot-8, 295-pound Foster, who is rated as the No. 26 overall tackle in 2016 and a Scout 300 prospect (No. 295), is currently in the process of reassessing his recruitment after decommitting from Minnesota on Dec. 1.
Iowa State was familiar with Foster after the staff extended him an offer during its time at Toledo and the Cyclones quickly caught his attention after former Minnesota coach Jerry Kill recommended the staff.
Foster said his relationship with Iowa State is, “very, very, very strong.”
“We’ve had a great relationship because I think he was the one that offered me when he was with Toledo,” Foster said of offensive coordinator and line coach Tom Manning. “After that we’ve been talking and now that he’s at Iowa State we’ve been communicating like crazy the last few weeks.”
Foster had previously taken an official visit to Purdue before arriving in Ames with his father and siblings for visit No. 2 during the weekend. The message from Iowa State coach Matt Campbell and Manning during the trip was two-fold.
“The two things they kind of told me were that they loved my length, they love the way I play the game and they love my leadership,” Foster said. “One of the things you’ve always got to do that they told me is get bigger and stronger and that they really want me to play there [at offensive tackle].”
Foster holds offers from the likes of Syracuse, Illinois, Indiana, Boston College, California, Kentucky, Duke, Nebraska and a number of other Power 5 schools and said key schools he’s hearing from are Iowa State, Purdue, Illinois and Arkansas, who hasn’t yet offered.
Arkansas will visit Foster this week and Iowa State is expected to visit soon. Foster and his family will likely trim his list this week as Signing Day nears.
“We’re going to be cutting it down in the next few days,” Foster said. “We’re making sure we’re all on the same page and me and my family are going to talk a lot about this visit tonight and then we’re going to starting cutting down schools.”
While there remains no clear timeline and no other visits are currently scheduled, Foster and his family’s factors are clear.
“Some of the key things that are going to help us [cut the list] are the way we have interacted with the coaches, the player-to-player reaction with each other, academics [and] all that kind of stuff,” Foster said. “The way that my family gets along and whether they trust the coaches and all that stuff, that sounds kind of cliché or whatever, but it’s very important for me to know that my parents are happy with the coaching staff that I’m playing for.”