D.J. Foster loved his official visit to Cal this past weekend and now the Golden Bears have moved into the lead for the four-star athlete from Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro who put up mind-boggling statistics in his senior season.
"I feel like everything is great up there," Foster said. "It really worked out. I really liked the coaching staff, it feels like a family, and just how much support you get.
"I like coach (Ron) Gould a lot. I have a lot of respect for him and coach (Jeff) Tedford and they're all really good people and I have family out there so it's a home away from home."
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Foster, who rushed for 3,058 yards and 54 touchdowns this season, said he has developed a strong relationship with Gould and he likes Cal's history of producing top-notch running backs.
The Golden Bears have definitely moved up for Foster, a 5-foot-11, 190-pound prospect who's rated as the third-best athlete in the 2012 class and No. 53 overall. He's second in the Arizona state rankings.
The only recruit ranked higher in the state is five-star offensive tackle Andrus Peat from Corona Del Sol.
"It's great to know because I got to see practice and some of the drills they ran I never saw before," Foster said. "Coach Gould does a great job and he has a great track record and history so that's important."
Although Cal has moved up on is list, Foster is still planning to take his official visit to USC in January and Arizona State is still involved. The four-star hasn't had much communication with the new staff in Tempe but he's willing to listen once they get things in order.
"I'm still going to take my official (to USC)," Foster said. "USC is recruiting me pretty hard and then Cal and then I haven't talked to ASU much but they're trying to get everything situated there.
"I'm still waiting to see what happens there. I saw coach (Noel) Mazzone is officially going to UCLA now but I'm trying to build a relationship with (Arizona State)."