Lincoln (Neb.) Southeast offensive lineman D.J. Foster traveled to Dallas for the Rivals Underclassmen Challenge last month and took home position MVP honors. Now, the 6-foot-3, 320-pound lineman carries that momentum into his junior season.
"I felt good coming into the camp and I just wanted to show out," Foster said. "It hasn't changed how I play, but it was a great experience being able to go down there and getting the MVP. It meant the world to me that I was able to show out that well and be a top contender at a camp like that."
Foster proved in Dallas he will be among the Midwest's top offensive line prospects in the 2014 class. An early offer from Nebraska has already set his recruitment in motion.
"I feel real good about Nebraska. The early offer was great to have," Foster said. "Being able to go down and see them practice, know people who go there… it feels good to have a school like that close to me."
Although Foster is not a native Nebraskan - he was born in Alabama and still has family there - he has lived in Lincoln since the age of six.
"I've always been a Crimson Tide fan, but Nebraska is warming up on me," Foster said. "After seeing some games and knowing how Nebraska football is in the state, I like how the program is and how people feel about the school in general."
Foster had considered attending Nebraska's team scrimmage last weekend, but was unable to set it up in time. Although they his only offer at this time, Foster is not ready to make a college selection.
"I am going to sit back and wait it out just to be able to get the experience," he said.
This fall, Foster plans to attend at least four games in Lincoln, one of which will be Nebraska's home contest against Wisconsin. He has not set visits to any other schools, but has been hearing from the likes of UCLA, Georgia, Indiana and Iowa.
"Hopefully after September 1st some more coaches come talk to me and I am able to get some more offers coming to me," Foster said. "Oklahoma State, that would be a school I'd want to see. Michigan State would be another school and Ohio State a little bit."