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UNC Hanging in with LB Justin Foster

As he attempts to narrow his focus, Foster attended UNC's victory on Saturday.

Requested by his head coach to begin trimming his list of schools under consideration, four-star 2017 prospect Justin Foster returned to North Carolina this past Saturday.

“They were one of the first school to offer me,” Foster said of UNC. “They were still on my list a little bit. I wanted to see if I was still interested in them or if I’m not.”

Foster, a 6-foot-3, 230-pound linebacker Shelby (N.C.) Crest, hadn’t visited UNC since January.

In recent weeks, Seth Littrell, who recruits Cleveland County for UNC, had invited Foster to attend one of the Tar Heels’ final three home games. Late last week, he decided to use that invitation on Saturday.

Foster says that the visit helps UNC avoid elimination. He credits a meeting with John Papuchis, UNC’s linebackers coach, for its ability to remain alive.

“He just talked to me about the role I would be playing,” Foster said. “He told me I would play the same role as [Shak Rashad]. He came off the edge a lot, he dropped back some in coverage, and he played just typical linebacker some.”

Conveniently, Rashad had a team high 10 tackles, including one for a loss, plus an interception against Virginia on Saturday.

“He was the main linebacker,” Foster said. “He was the one that [offenses] have to key on and watch out for. I think I could be that kind of person.”

For 9-0 Crest, Foster has accumulated 41 tackles, including seven for a loss, in seven games.

While it hasn’t been eliminated, UNC remains outside of Foster’s lead group. That faction consists of two schools: Clemson and Tennessee.

“Those two right now it’s mostly about my major,” Foster said. “Those two are really good in my major.”

Foster plans on majoring in mechanical engineering in college. He hasn’t spoken with the Tar Heel coaches about an equivalent major at UNC.

“I’ll probably call [the UNC] coaches and talk to them more about my major,” Foster said. “And then I’ll just go from there.”

In addition to Papuchis, Foster met with Larry Fedora on Saturday.

“He was just happy that I got back down,” Foster said. “He was talking about how big I’ve gotten since the last time I saw him.”

After the aforementioned meetings, Foster soaked in the atmosphere of Kenan Stadium as UNC defeat Virginia, 26-13, to remain undefeated in ACC play.

“It was a pretty good atmosphere,” Foster said. “It was a little more calmer than most stadiums I’ve been to, which is cool and which is fine. It was a great game. There were a lot of friendly people, which I liked.”

Also this season, Foster has attended games at Clemson, Tennessee, and Virginia Tech.

Since he makes plans on a week by week basis, Foster doesn’t have any future visits scheduled. He does, though, hope to travel to Georgia and LSU by the end of the season.

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