Recruiting: OSU Class Gets Bonus With Foster

At one time Guthrie's two-sport standout athlete Donte Foster was a candidate to sign with Oklahoma State in football. But Foster just didn't match what the Cowboys were looking for with that scholarship. Now Oklahoma State is getting a huge bonus in its 2009 recruiting class as Foster has spurned scholarship offers in both football and basketball to decide to walk-on at Oklahoma State.

It was the weekend before signing day that Foster traveled to Stillwater to discuss his options (and the Cowboys). OSU was looking to add a safety in the class and Foster is a wide receiver and didn't measure as big as the Cowboys were hoping.

Since then Foster has gone on to be named MVP in the Class 5A state basketball tournament in leading the Blue Jays to their second consecutive state championship. He scored 21 points and had 10 rebounds in the title win over Tulsa Edison. A year ago he hit the game winning shot in the championship game. This season Foster averaged 16.3 points per game and had basketball scholarship offers from Mercer and Weber State.

In football, Foster was a big part of Guthrie's 2007 5A state championship in catching 29 passes for 470 yards and 11 touchdowns. This past season he opened the season in a TV game against defending 4A champ Bishop McGuinness by making one of the most acrobatic catches in Oklahoma high school history. He went on to lead Class 5A in receiving with 51 receptions for 938 yards and 14 touchdowns.

He was All-State in The OKlahoman, The Tulsa World, and Oklahoma Coaches Association. He had football scholarship offers from Rice, New Mexico, and Ohio.

Now the (listed) 6-3, 190-pound Foster said he is heading to Oklahoma State, according to Guthrie High School football head coach Rafe Watkins.

"He surprised me," said Watkins. "I saw him in the weight room working out on Monday after school and that surprised me. I kind of thought he'd be playing basketball. Then he came in here on Tuesday and told me that he was walking on at Oklahoma State.

"He said he had talked to Coach (Joe) DeForest and he was sending his academic stuff in to get cleared to be eligible. If he could get eligible for Rice then I think he can be eligible at Oklahoma State."

Watkins said he think Oklahoma State is getting an unbelievable deal.

"It's a steal, an absolute steal," said Watkins. "He had scholarship offers in two sports and he is walking on at Oklahoma State. Athletically, he can really excel there, no doubt. He is one of the best that I have ever had here. His overall athleticism is off the scale. He'll need to get bigger, stronger, mature physically, but athletically he can measure up for sure."

Foster would be joining his former Guthrie teammate from the 2007 5A state championship Blue Jays team in current Cowboy running back Kye Staley.

Watkins said Foster would be a walk-on in football as a wide receiver but when OSU basketball coach Travis Ford hears about it, who would blame him if he wanted to see if Foster wanted to walk-on in two sports. Walk-ons of Foster's caliber ofter are awarded scholarships if they earn playing time.

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