If Offered, OL Would Commit to UM

This talented offensive lineman said that "if Miami offered, I'd probably call them the next day to tell them I'm a Hurricane." That's a good thing, especially considering UM offensive line coach Art Kehoe went into this prospect's home state just to see him.

At 6-foot-5 ½ and 285 pounds, Chula Vista (Calif.) Bonita Vista standout Russell Foster is among the top offensive line prospects on the West Coast this season. And it didn't take him long to reach that status.

"I just started playing football as a freshman in high school," Foster told me. "It was really weird. I was too small at one time, and then after I waited a year or two, I got too big to play," he said of his Pop Warner days.

Foster is a three-sport standout now, as he also competes in varsity wrestling and track.

"I didn't really like wrestling too much," he said. "I still took second in the league and I actually lost to a kid that's been wrestling since he was eight. I throw the shot and discus as well. I throw the discus around 144 and the shot about 54 or 55."

Inside the classroom, Foster said his slacking off as a freshman resulted in a lower GPA that he'd like to have. "At the end of summer school, it should be around a 2.5," he said. "I took the SAT and scored an 850 and I was doing everything they say not to do on that test so I know I can do a lot better."

Foster has had a very busy spring handling all the recruiting attention.

"I've gotten a lot of calls," he said. "Miami, Nebraska, Oklahoma, U of A, Colorado State, Colorado, USC, Washington State, Washington, Oregon, and Oregon State all called."

The talented offensive line prospect already has written scholarship offers from a few schools.

"U of A sent one and so did Colorado State," he said. "Colorado said they'll send one once they get my final semester grades."

Expect plenty more to roll in after summer school, and Foster makes it clear which one he wants the most.

"I'd love to get an offer from Miami," he said. "I don't really follow college football too much because it seems like I'm always busy on Saturdays, but everyone knows Miami is a great team. I really like their offensive line coach – Art Kehoe. He seems like a good guy to play for because he treats his offensive linemen like family. He has a great attitude- he wants you to hit the guy as hard as you can, come back to the huddle, and do it again. The offensive line coach is a big thing for me since I'll be playing for him for five years."

So while Foster has been very impressed with Coach Kehoe, it appears Kehoe has similar interest in Foster.

"He came all the way out here to watch me," he said. "He said I'm one of the highest offensive linemen on their list. He said they'd probably offer me once I become qualified. That would be awesome because that's a great place to play football because they win a lot and leaving Miami gives you a good shot at playing in the NFL."

So what if the Hurricanes were to offer Foster?

"To be honest, if Miami offered, I'd probably call them the next day to tell them I'm a Hurricane," he said. "I would really like to go there. They're at the top of my list, and I also like Colorado, Nebraska, Oregon, and probably Oklahoma."

Personally, it sounds like Foster's another player that would quickly become a Hurricane if offered. It sounds like Kehoe and UM have been very impressed and if he becomes a full qualifier sometime this year, I think there's an excellent chance he will get offered by UM.

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