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Foster recaps Cal visit, has new leader

12/18/2011

Running back D.J Foster (Scottsdale, Ariz./Saguaro) took an official visit to Cal over the weekend, and the Bears have put themselves in a good position for the talented athlete.

Foster already has visited Arizona State and Oregon and still has a trip set to USC (Jan. 13). Right now, the Bears are definitely the team to beat.

“Cal is my leader; I loved it there,” Foster said. “I have a lot of family in Oakland, and my mom actually grew up in Berkeley. I’ve been there before, but this was really my first time seeing Cal up close, and it was incredible. The campus is great and I loved the overall atmosphere there. The facilities are incredible and easily the best I’ve ever seen.

“The coaches offices, the locker room and especially the weight room are really impressive. I got along great with the players on the team and really felt a family atmosphere there. Avery Walls was my host, but I hung out a lot with the older guys on the team too. The running back Isi Siofele and I talked a lot and he’s a real cool guy.”

The Bears coaching staff made a big impact on Foster as well.

“I really liked Coach Tedford a lot,” Foster said. “We had a BBQ at his house, and he’s just a real genuine good guy. He talked to me about how I would fit in there and how much they like me as a person and my character more than just football. It was cool to see Ron Gould, the running back coach, again too.

“He came for a home visit, and he’s a great guy and one of the best running back coaches in the country. I enjoyed watching the team practice and seeing how he runs things. Isi will be a senior next year, but Cal does have a lot of younger backs on the roster too. I’m not too worried about it, you have to compete wherever you go, and I’m confident in my ability that I’ll get on the field if I work hard and I’m ready to go.”

ASU is still in the picture and is the school that has been leading for Foster for some time.

“ASU has been my top choice all along,” Foster said. “I came close to committing there so many times already and right now, I’m just trying to figure out what’s going on over there. Coach Graham has called me a couple of times, but I haven’t had a chance to call him back yet.

“I want to see what’s going on with Bryce Erickson and Noel Mazzone, and I just heard today Mazzone is going to UCLA. I’m still going to give ASU a shot, and I’m going to wait and see who they hire, what kind of offense they plan to run, things like that. I also have a visit set with USC, and as of now, I plan to take it, but Cal is definitely on top right now.”

There has been some talk in recent weeks that Foster could give UCLA a look with a couple of former Sun Devils now on staff, but the athlete said he’s not expanding his list.

“No, I’m not interested in UCLA right now,” Foster said. “I like those coaches a lot, but I made a decision that I wasn’t going to follow any assistant coaches around. I never really looked that hard at UCLA before, and they haven’t been recruiting me much, so I focused on other schools. My final three are Cal, ASU and USC, and those are the only ones I’m considering.”