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Falcons’ Foster to choose by Sept. 25

Donoho senior Justin Foster has narrowed his college choices to three and said he'll decide by Sept. 25, matching his birth month and uniform number.

Donoho senior Justin Foster has narrowed his college choices to three and said he’ll decide by Sept. 25, matching his birth month and uniform number.

By Al Muskewitz
East Alabama Sports Today

Justin Foster is one of the top prospects in Calhoun County this season. He has the size and skills that make college recruiters take notice and he’s taking this recruiting stuff serious.

The Donoho senior has given it a lot of thought, weighed all the ramifications of his choice and told East Alabama Sports Today on Friday he would make his college commitment via social media by Sept. 25.

It seems like an odd date – a month into the season, well before official visits get scheduled – but there is a method to his madness.

“I plan on committing no later than Sept. 25,” he said Friday as the Falcons prepared for pre-camp pictures. “My birthday is in September and my number’s 25, so I just figured I would do it on that day.

“I recently talked to my family about what I’m planning on doing, so you’re the first person I’ve told about this.”

Foster, a versatile 6-foot-4, 240-pound athlete, has narrowed his top three schools at this point – from nine offers – to Georgia State, Samford and South Alabama. Mississippi State, Memphis, Minnesota and Kentucky have also been showing interest of late.

Once he makes the choice, he said, “that’s going to be my final decision.”

“I’ve been thinking about this since June — where I’m going to go,” he said. “Always growing up you want to play at the biggest school you possibly can, but when you get older and start thinking about it, it’s like what’s going to help you job-wise and stuff like that.”

Before he decides on his future, he has a present senior season to negotiate – and he’ll have a full plate. On offense, he’ll play running back, receiver and even some quarterback for the Falcons; he’ll also make an effective decoy. Defensively, he could be anywhere. He’s being recruited at several positions on both sides of the ball by all the schools pursuing him.

“I like making tackles and I like making touchdowns,” he said.

And he’s good at both. Last season he rushed for 615 yards and seven touchdowns and recorded 90 tackles and an interception. He said he has received a No. 1 national ranking for tight end at the NIKE Sparq Combine and No. 1 defensive end at the Southern Elite Combine.

“I’m just enjoying the recruiting process,” he said. “I’ve been blessed through it. I know a lot of people don’t get this opportunity. And I’ve been blessed with all the offers I have, because I know guys who work their butt off and they don’t have any offers not that they’re not good but because they hadn’t been seen.

“A lot of people don’t get looked at at (Class) 1A because a lot of coaches just skip over them, but I’ve been blessed with the size I have and the ability to go out there and play.”

Al Muskewitz is Content Editor/Senior Writer of East Alabama Sports Today. He can be reached at musky@wrightmediacorp.com and followed on Twitter @easportstoday1.

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