Unknown Territory for Foster

Brian Kelly and his staff love to recruit flexible athletes that are capable of playing multiple positions. D.J. Foster from Saguaro High School (Scottsdale, Ariz.) certainly fits that mold and he likes the Irish.

Notre Dame offered D.J. Foster (6-foot-0, 180-pounds) a scholarship a couple weeks ago and he's interested in learning more about Notre Dame and the Irish football program.

"Notre Dame was actually one of the first schools to recruit me as I was going into my sophomore year," Foster said. "I was receiving letters in the mail and I was receiving early interest from them and then they kind of disappeared a little bit.

"Coach Cooks said that they wanted to recruit me though, and then they offered me a couple weeks ago. It's definitely an honor to get offered by them. It's hard to get the West Coast kids over there, but they're definitely towards the top of my list and I want to check them out."

Notre Dame has had success landing prospects from the West Coast, but not much in the state of Arizona.

"I'd really like to get out there and check out the campus and get to know everybody and get to know the coaching staff a little more,' he said. "They have a very good tradition and I really like the defense. That's really all I know about Notre Dame., but I'd definitely like to learn more."

Foster is a dynamic athlete with the football in his hands. Last season he had 1,500 yards rushing and 700 yards receiving. Despite his potential on offense, Foster wouldn't mind playing on the other side of the ball.

"I'd really love to play safety or corner at Notre Dame," he said. "They're recruiting me as an athlete, but personally I'd like to play defensive back. I think they also like me as a receiver, so I wouldn't mind player receiver for them as well."

Foster has scholarship offers from schools like Oregon, USC, ASU, Arizona, UCLA and Stanford. He likes the schools on the West Coast, but he'll certainly keep an open mind when it comes to his recruitment.

"The West Coast schools are really all I know about right now," Foster explained. "Growing up out here, I don't know much about East Coast schools. I'm definitely going to learn more about them. I'm definitely going to have an open mind through the process.

"I know that my dad would like to be more involved, and he'd like to go on some of these unofficial visits with me this summer.

"I just need to learn more about the schools before I make a decision," he said. "I definitely want to take my official visits, so I'll probably make my decision in December or January."

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