Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino stopped by Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro's practice earlier this week and by the end of the day 2012 athlete D.J. Foster had an offer from the Razorbacks.
Petrino was presumably there to watch Arkansas commit Brock Haman but to also check out some young talent and that's when he spotted Foster, who said he heard a little bit from the Razorbacks but was surprised to pick up another offer.
"It was really cool," Foster said. "I have a lot of respect for him. He's a very nice guy. It's nice that a head coach came out this way. He was there to see Brock. It was cool to see him face to face and I respect that he came out to the practice."
Arizona, Arizona State, Oregon State and UCLA have also offered Foster, a 5-foot-10, 180-pound prospect, and Arkansas will also be strongly considered because it has done a good job recruiting the state of Arizona this recruiting cycle.
The Razorbacks have four commits who are playing in Arizona and they recently offered 2012 quarterback Connor Brewer from Scottsdale (Ariz.) Chaparral. Foster thinks getting some players from Arizona could help him stay interested in Arkansas especially with Haman committed there.
"I think it's cool," he said. "They're getting a lot of Arizona kids. Brock is one of my good friends. He loves Arkansas and had nothing but good things to say about the place. I definitely want to check it out.
"It's definitely a big deal. I know Arkansas is a big program. It's a good honor to get noticed by them. I heard from them a little bit. They talked to Brock and stuff and I've gotten mail but I never really thought it was that serious. It was a very big shock to hear they offered me."
UCLA is also making a big impression on Foster, who is originally from California, and has serious interest in the Bruins.
Four-star offensive guard Cyrus Hobbi from Scottsdale Saguaro apparently likes UCLA a lot and Foster said he and Hobbi are close friends and that could play an influence in his decision.
"I like coach (Rick) Neuheisel a lot," Foster said. "That's still one of (Hobbi's) big choices and he likes them a lot. He's one of my very good friends since I was a kid. Coach Neuheisel said he'd like to see me on the field early. Of course it all has to do with how hard I work."