Arian Foster Can Carry the Load

When you're battling teams from coast-to-coast for football prospects, it helps to have a real Trooper on your side. Last week new Tennessee assistant Trooper Taylor helped seal the deal with the nation's No. 7 running back prospect, Ja'Kouri Williams, and this week he has pulled the Vols into a dead heat with Oregon for California running back Arian Foster, despite the fact Foster has yet to visit Knoxville.

"I'd say they are tied with Tennessee right now," Arian Foster told The Insiders Allen Wallace when asked about Oregon's status. "Vol running back coach Trooper Taylor came to see me at home yesterday. We actually didn't talk much about football. We talked mostly about who he is and his beliefs.

"He's everything I'm looking for in a coach. He's all about family and all about personal relationships."

This weekend it will be Taylor's turn to host Foster and introduce him to Tennessee's football family. The 6-foot-1, 205-pound tailback with 4.5 speed has already tripped to Oregon, Oregon State and North Carolina and is contemplating a fifth visit to West Virginia.

As a senior at Mission Bay Senior High School in San Diego, Calif., Foster rushed for an impressive 2,097 yards and 25 touchdowns. He also returned a remarkable six kickoffs back for TDs.

Originally from New Mexico, Foster made a decision to transfer to San Diego and live with his father for his senior year in order to improve his level of exposure and hopefully land a Division I football scholarship. His mission at Mission Bay has been successful and now he has his pick of colleges. Foster wasn't heavily recruited by California schools because he indicated he wanted to leave the state, and it, apparently, has nothing to do with Arnold becoming governor.

"I kind of want to leave California," he said. I'm interested in traveling and broadening my knowledge of the country."

Foster, who bench presses 305 and carries a 2.8 grade point average, can run inside or outside. He sees the field well, is a whiz changing directions and knows how to set up tacklers. He's rated the nation's No. 70 running back by The Insiders which isn't bad considering that he wasn't even on the radar scope last year.

Considering his production and potential, Foster just might be Taylor made for Tennessee's offense.

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