Emerging JUCO defender enjoys trip to Kansas

One player who is seeing interest in him pick up nationally is linebacker Otha Foster of Pearl River (MS) Community College.

His numbers tell the story of why. Foster recorded 73 tackles, two interceptions and two forced fumbles this season for PRCC, while playing a hybrid safety/linebacker position – and D-1 schools are taking notice.

The Kansas Jayhawks have been recruiting him steadily for the past two months, and are one of two programs, along with Ole Miss, to have extended him an official scholarship offer. Foster reciprocated that interest this weekend by taking an official visit to Lawrence, Kan., to see Head Coach Turner Gill and the Jayhawks take on the Cowboys of Oklahoma State.

Having never been to Kansas, the 22-year old U.S. Marine wasn't sure what to expect, and he came away impressed – by one aspect of his visit in particular.

"I was really impressed by the academic building and how the tutoring goes," Foster said. "You've got access to the tutors 24/7."

He also cited the campus environment and the atmosphere around the program as positives.

"I feel like the coaches, even though they're having a bad year, I feel like the coaches are trying and it seems like they're headed in the right direction," Foster added.

The Kansas coaches are recruiting him to play a similar role to what he did at PRCC; that of a hybrid linebacker/safety capable of playing both the run and the pass.

With his speed and knowledge of the game, it's a role Foster feels he can fill very well.

"I tackle very well, I'm aggressive and smart," he explained. "I feel like I have a good football IQ."

With one visit down, Foster will trip to Ole Miss on Dec. 3, with plans for additional visits depending on the emergence of new offers. A trip to Toledo appears likely, but nothing is set in stone as of yet.

An early graduate, Foster will sign and enroll in the college of his choice in December, meaning he would be available for spring football practices. While there's still some time left before he will make his decision, the Jayhawks appear to be in good position with the speedy defender.

"I felt like everything went well," he said, of the visit. "It was well-planned and it was really good."

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