Newark West Side Athlete on Rutgers' Radar

Newark (N.J.) West Side High quarterback Keith Foster missed much of his junior season because of a hand injury, but it hasn't kept schools from recruiting him. Among those showing interest in the class of 2012 product is Rutgers, and he attended junior day last month. Foster, who is being recruited as an athlete, gives an update on his recruitment, and what he learned about the Scarlet Knights.

One of the players capable of making a name for himself this spring is Newark (N.J.) West Side High athlete Keith Foster, whose junior season was cut short because of a hand injury.

Foster, who is 6-foot-3, 180 pounds, plays quarterback and defensive back, and also dabbles in receiver. He attended Rutgers' junior day and is also getting interest from Virginia, Connecticut, Purdue and Princeton.

"It was great," Foster said of his experience at Rutgers. "The facilities are nice, the coaching staff is nice, but I couldn't do anything else because I had a basketball game. All I did was meet the coaches. I didn't get to go to the seminar."

The presentations during junior day are heavy on academics, and that fits perfectly with Foster's approach.

A member of Princeton's staff stopped by Newark West Side this week, and the mix of academics and athletic ability is why Virginia is also high on him.

"I was always told me to get good grades," Foster said. "My father always told me if you don't get good grades, you can't go anywhere, and I always stuck to that. With sports, you have to rely on something (else). In order for you to get into school to play sports, you need grades."

Another matter that needs to be decided is Foster's future position.

He plays quarterback at Newark West Side, but he is also being recruited as a receiver and safety.

As a junior, he broke a finger on his throwing hand in the third game of the season and didn't return until the consolation playoff game against Belleville, a 39-0 win in which he went 9 for 12 for 207 yards and two scores.

Foster finished the season with seven touchdown passes, one interception and approximately 600 yards passing. He also caught a touchdown pass and ran for a score.

"I would like to play quarterback because of my ability to make plays and do good things for my team," said Foster, who is being recruited by Rutgers assistant coach Chris Hewitt.

But with missing so much of his junior season, Foster is concentrating on getting his name out in recruiting circles. He is tentatively set to take part in the BadgerSports 7-on-7, present by New Level Athletics, Feb. 26-27 at Rutgers.

"I'm going to be visiting colleges and camps," Foster said of his spring plans. "I want to show my athletic ability as a receiver, defensive back or quarterback."

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