When Mundelein (Ill.) four-star offensive tackle Sean Foster felt the inkling that he was nearing a decision, he sought approval from just one person.
Foster’s weekend official visit to Iowa State made him think hard, and a visit from Iowa State assistants Tom Manning and Alex Golesh at his basketball game Monday night pushed him closer. Then came the desired approval.
“I met with coaches last night after our basketball game and it was one of those things where it was a cherry on top type of deal,” Foster said of his decision to commit. “All I pretty much needed was my mother’s approval and I would commit. She approved with open arms and she absolutely loved it. I’m extremely honored to have them as my coaches for the next five years and get to have them a part our family for the next 40."
The 6-foot-8, 295-pound Foster is rated as the No. 26 overall offensive tackle in 2016 and the No. 8 tackle in the Midwest. After originally committing to Minnesota in April, Foster decommitted in early December following the departure of head coach Jerry Kill.
With offers from 15 Power 5 schools, Foster had focused on Iowa State, Purdue and Illinois among a few others in the weeks following his decommitment. In Iowa State, he found a staff that connected with his family and an offensive line coach in Manning who he thinks can help him develop in the year ahead.
“When I get to Ames I’m obviously in their hands,” Foster said. “They said that things that are happening to me are second to none. They’re going to build me to be one of the great tackles in the country and I’m really excited about that. It’s going to be a great time and I can’t wait.”
Foster’s father, Troy, played right tackle for Iowa in the 1990s under coach Hayden Fry and helped Sean in his recruitment. His father and siblings accompanied him on his weekend trip that ultimately led him to commit.
“He was really supportive of everything I’ve been doing these past few years and for me to tell him I wanted to go to Iowa State he was open with open arms,” Foster said of his father. “He loved it. He loved it while he was up there. He just can’t wait to see what his son does in the future.”
Foster, who was a Semper Fi All-American this year, will likely redshirt in 2016 but headlines an offensive line that the Cyclones are continuing to build in the final 14 days before Signing Day on Feb. 3.
After approval from his mother, and with screams over his phone from Campbell and Manning, Foster’s recruitment is over, adding yet one more piece to the line.
“To be honest, it’s like you’re on top of the world,” Foster said of committing. “It’s one of those feelings that you know what you’re doing, you know where you’re going, you know what you want to do. Now it’s just time for you to go prove yourself up in Ames.”