Notre Dame dipped into North Carolina on Thursday to offer the state’s top-ranked prospect, four-star outside linebacker Justin Foster.
“It kind of caught me off guard because I hadn’t really talked to the coaches much,” Foster said. “I talked to the linebackers coach (Thursday), and he congratulated me on the offer and said how good my grades were.
“He talked about the position I would play if I went there. I would play outside linebacker. He watched film and liked the way I came off the edge and controlled the edge.”
The Shelby (N.C.) Crest product was also offered by Alabama this week.
“Those are two huge offers,” Foster said. “I know Notre Dame has great academics and great football as you can see by watching them on TV. Not many people are offered by Notre Dame.”
Other offers on the table include Clemson, Georgia, LSU, Michigan, Ole Miss, Tennessee and Oklahoma, in addition to four in-state schools: North Carolina, N.C. State, Duke and Wake Forest.
The 6-foot-3, 245-pound prospect has already visited Clemson and Virginia Tech this spring. He plans to visit Junior Days at Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee before June.
“I probably won’t make it to Notre Dame this spring, but maybe this summer,” Foster said. “I can see them being one of my top schools in August, probably.”
“I will probably start narrowing my choices and release a top 10 or top eight before the season starts in August,” Foster said. “I want a school with good mechanical engineering and good football, and that’s mainly it.”