Donnie Foster, 2014 center prospect, did not see his recruitment go the way he was hoping, with the only offers coming from Ivy League schools. Convinced major division one football was in his future, Foster refused to give up on that dream. Mississippi State showed interest as a preferred walk-on, but he did not reciprocate that interest.
Then Syracuse jumped into the picture when quarterbacks coach Tim Lester contacted the IMG coaches. A scholarship offer was not on the horizon, but a chance to join the program as a preferred walk-on was.
Foster stayed in touch with the Orange and took a trip to visit the campus. He arrived on Wednesday and stayed through the weekend. Before leaving, Foster decided Syracuse was the place for him.
"After spending several days with the coaches and meeting the players, it felt like a close-knit family," Foster said. "It was a great atmosphere on the campus. It was just a great opportunity to better myself both athletically and academically."
Foster informed the Syracuse coaches of his intentions, much to their delight.
"They were happy," Foster said. "They definitely liked my film and enjoyed having me here. I feel like it's a great opportunity to be a part of something specially and help continue the great tradition at Syracuse."
Foster will have the chance to earn a scholarship if he develops within the program. While he is excited about the athletic potential, it was the academic side that sold his parents.
"My parents liked it," Foster said. "They definitely liked the academic opportunity at Syracuse. They felt comfortable with the family atmosphere of the campus and the program."
Foster will enroll in Syracuse with the rest of the 2014 class over the summer. He will play center for the Orange starting this season.
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