- Erik McKinney, ESPN Staff Writer
After losing Marc Tyler to graduation, Amir Carlisle to transfer and George Farmer to a position switch, the USC tailback depth suffered another blow Friday, when D.J. Foster (Scottsdale, Ariz./Saguaro) announced he will sign a letter of intent with Arizona State.
Foster had been a strong Arizona State lean through much of the recruiting process, but a coaching change in the desert caused the 5-foot-11, 185-pound tailback to rethink his options. Solid visits to Cal and USC had many thinking he could be headed out of state. Rumors even spread during his visit to USC that he had committed to the Trojans.
In the end, the opportunity to stay home and play in front of friends and family proved too much for Foster to pass up. He becomes Arizona State’s top-ranked recruit and one of the first big-name players the Sun Devils have convinced to remain in state in recent years.
His commitment also leaves the Trojans without a pure tailback in this class, and could lead to fullback commit Jahleel Pinner (Mission Viejo, Calif./Mission Viejo) getting a look there this fall.
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