Catching Up with Kendrick Foster

By Alex on February 14, 2012 at 10:00a
Foster may be small but he can pack a punchFoster rushed for over 2,400 yards and 33 TDs in 2011

The past weekend was a big one for Ohio State in terms of recruiting as the staff hosted a large number of prospects for the programs second Junior Day of 2012. Both out of state and in state prospects came from all over to take in the new era of Buckeye football and see what Urban Meyer has in store for the school in the coming years.

While Ohioans dominated the list of attendees, the state of Illinois brought a couple players across two state borders to check out the scene in Columbus. One of those prospects was Peoria Richwoods RB Kendrick Foster, who is one of the fastest rising prospects in the Midwest.

The 5-8/185 junior who has been clocked at 4.4 seconds in the 40-yard dash only has one offer thus far, but after a spectacular 2011 season and some impressive combine numbers, that is expected to change quick. Ty Isaac usually steals the limelight when it comes to running backs in the state, but Foster is certainly a name buzzing around recruiting circles both in Illinois and across the nation right now.

We got the chance to sit down with Foster to discuss how his junior season went, how he enjoyed his trip to Columbus this past weekend, what the future holds, and more. Join us after the jump to hear more about 2013 running back prospect, Kendrick Foster.

How did your junior season go? How did your team do and how did your perform individually?

My junior season went great, as our team went to states. I broke records, rushing for over 2,400 yards and 33 touchdowns.

How is recruiting going for you so far?

Recruiting started really slow for me, but is starting to pick up a little bit.

Do you have any offers do you have at this time?

The only offer I have right now is from Illinois State. I am waiting on offers from University of Illinois, Northwestern, and Ohio State.

Where are some of the places you have gone on visits?

So far I have been to Illinois, Iowa, Northwestern, and now, Ohio State.

What other visits do you have planned?

The schools I am planning on visiting are Wisconsin, UCLA, Oklahoma, and Purdue. I have been in contact with all of them.

You went to OSU's junior day on February 12. What did you do while in Columbus and how did you enjoy the visit?

I really enjoyed the visit and think it was the best visit I have been on so far. We met the coaches, toured the facilities, and had a meeting with the position coaches in their offices.

What coaches did you get to sit down with and what did they tell you?

The coaches I got to see were the head coach, Urban Meyer, and the running backs coach, Stan Drayton. I really like Coach Drayton as you can tell he really cares about you as a person and is honest. They told me they really want me to get a degree and that they love my running style and want to further build a relationship between us.



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ThirdLegLouie's picture

Seems like a good kid-- I don't see OSU taking more than two RBs in the 2013 class though.. You've got to have Derrick Green/Ty Isaac in the #1 spot (hopefully Green) and then someone else... probably have a better picture of who they want after a few camps. 

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Alex's picture

Don't see him ending up here either as of now...I say Green and DeVeon Smith

Matt's picture

What makes you think that, Alex?  Has Isaac been saying anti-OSU things?  Too much in front of him on the depth chart?  Where do you think he lands?

Alex's picture

I just don't see him at OSU...just a hunch...never said anything bad and made his 3rd visit this weekend so all good signs...I just think he goes to Notre Dame as of today, but that's JMHO

Matt's picture

Gross. Where promising small backs go to die.

AJBor41's picture

Small backs?  Isn't Isaac 6'2"/225ish...

Jdadams01's picture

Agreed. I love how Urban is basically setting up recruits to compete for spots in this class at camps and FNL this summer. Even some very high level kids. I get the gist that he's telling the majority of them, "We love your game, but want you at camp to see how you compete against the other top level kids. Think you can come in here and beat them out?" Completely challenges the kid to impress the staff and earn the offer. I felt like this was missing the last five years or so. That feel in the program of everything has to be earned and there are winners and losers, even when getting offers. The winners get to play for Ohio State, the losers go to TSUN, MSU, or Wisconsin. Is another reason I envied when USC did Competition Thursday. Glad Urban is bringing that mentality here.

Buckeye in Athens's picture

Like his balance and shiftiness a lot. Looks very short, not that that is a terrible thing. 

Bam_Childress's picture

Reminds me of me

5 ft 9 in - 185 lbs - ALL HEART

Alhan's picture

Size is about identical to Woodhead.  He looks shifty enough, lets hope his elusiveness translates if he gets an offer :)

"Nom nom nom" - Brady Hoke

bucknasty's picture

Reminds me a lot of Jordan Hall. A lot of wiggle, but doesn't look like 4.4 speed to me. Probably be a solid player somewhere, just not here.

kylegratz's picture

doesnt look like 4.4 to me.  doesnt have that extra gear to leave people in the dust.  

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Alex's picture

Yeah he reports a 4.4, but I need to see him run one...I would say it's probably the 4.5 range which isnt bad 

ARMYBUCK's picture

I would have to a agree on the deceptive speed numbers but looks very good nonetheless.  I couldnt help but notice, as much as anything, the quarterbacks strong arm!

Just realized I posted this on the wrong board after watching the Wesley Thomas Video.  Dont pay any attention to me, Im an idiot... the qb in that video definitely has a stong arm though!


bucknut24's picture

Looks way to small to be a inside runner with the way our line blocks so we need bigger backs IMHO.