It was a whirlwind recruitment for D.J. Foster (Scottsdale, Ariz./Saguaro), but moments ago at a school press conference the athlete said he’ll play his college ball at Arizona State.
“It was a tough decision, I actually didn’t decide until this morning,” Foster said. “I wanted to stay close to home to be with my friends and family, that was very important to me. My dad sent me a picture this morning of him wearing a Sun Devil shirt with my sister in it and I decided right there that I wanted to be a Sun Devil.
“I really like the new staff and Coach [Todd] Graham told me to pray on this decision and that’s what I did. Cal was right there too and I had a great relationship with the Coach [Ron] Gould. I told them this morning that I would be choosing ASU but I still haven’t told ASU yet.”
Foster had narrowed his choices to ASU, California and USC before picking the Sun Devils. He took official visits to all three schools plus Oregon and was among the most heavily recruited athletes in the West region. The athlete led the Sabercats to back-to-back state titles and had a monster senior year, rushing for 3,058 yards and 54 touchdowns and finished with a state record 60 total touchdowns on the year.
Foster always seemed like a Sun Devils lock for most of the year until former coach Dennis Erickson was fired. He took an official visit to Cal and proclaimed the Bears his new leader. It appeared a commitment could even be imminent, but the Sun Devil staff worked hard to get back in the game and draw back to even with the Bears.
There was also some speculation that ASU could hire Foster’s former coach at Saguaro, John Sanders, and that led many to feel the Sun Devils were once again in the driver's seat. Foster took a visit to USC two weeks ago and said the Trojans had pulled even with Cal and ASU, but his heart always seemed to be with the Sun Devils.
“Hopefully other recruits will follow,” Foster said. “I talk to a lot of recruits and hopefully we can help put ASU on the map. I’m ready to go to work and get a Rose Bowl Championship. Right now, it feels really good to put this decision behind me and now I’m ready for the next step in my life and do all I can to help the Sun Devil program.”