D.J. Foster already had an impressive list of offers and the Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro athlete added arguably his biggest one yet on Wednesday when USC verbally offered the 2012 prospect.
"My coach has been talking to USC for a while," Foster said. "Cyrus (Hobbi) has been talking to them and he just got back from his trip. Most of the staff watched my film and they really liked it and then coach (Lane) Kiffin just watched it after getting back in town and they offered me.
"It means a whole lot. It's one of the biggest programs in the country. I have to keep working hard. People know who I am, it's good that they know me and see me."
Article Continues Below
USC, Arizona, Arizona State, Arkansas, Cal, Oregon, Oregon State and UCLA have now offered Foster, who said Stanford is also showing a lot of interest along with many other programs.
There is no imminent commitment planned because Foster, who could play running back, wide receiver or defensive back in college, wants to take some unofficial visits this summer to check out different campuses.
In his junior season, Foster finished with 1,421 rushing yards and 22 touchdowns and 43 catches for 730 yards and four scores. He was a standout on defense as well.
Foster definitely would like to visit USC and Stanford for junior days. Those two programs along with Oregon, Arizona State and UCLA make up his early top five. Only the Cardinal has not offered at this point.
Foster said there would be no hesitation to play his college football in California since he was born in San Jose and still has family in Oakland. It's no surprise then that three of his top five are California schools.
Hobbi, a teammate at Scottsdale Saguaro, has Arizona State, USC and UCLA as his final three.
USC has definitely moved high on Foster's list.
"Usc is definitely one of the schools I want to see this upcoming summer," Foster said. "I definitely want to get a trip out there. I talked to Cyrus and Cyrus had nothing but good things to say about it. I know the kind of reputation it has so I want to go and see it. That would be cool.
"I'm still waiting (on a commitment). Once I go look at some schools I'll have a better idea of what I want but right now I'm just enjoying the process."