Foster Visits UI, "Shocked" By Illini Offer

Kendrick Foster (Jack Lyman)

A number of top high school football prospects have already received college offers with 10 months to go before signing day. But the vast majority of college hopefuls are still waiting for that special call from the school of their choice. One of those was Peoria Richwoods running back Kendrick Foster, who finally heard the good news from Illinois.

Star Peoria Richwoods running back Kendrick Foster was thrilled when Illinois called to offer him a scholarship recently.

"It's a blessing. I always had faith things would work out. God has a plan. When Illinois offered me, I was excited. I was shocked at first. I was waiting for this day. It's here now, and I'm just trying to weigh my options."

The Illini have been recruiting him diligently for some time. Why the shock?

"It wasn't coming as soon as I wanted. I wasn't patient. My coaches and family always told me to be patient. I got patient, and it came."

With the offer in hand, Foster made another trip to Champaign-Urbana Friday to spend more time with the Illini coaches and players and watch a spring scrimmage. He describes his day.

"I got there around 3:00 pm; I got there early. They took some pictures with me in jersey number 22. I loved it. Then I talked to the coaches, looked at the gear, poster boards and stuff. And then I got to watch the scrimmage.

"It's great. I was talking to some of the players like running backs Josh Ferguson and Donovonn Young. They like it."

Foster also likes the personality of Illini running back coach Tim Salem.

"He's a cool guy; he's fun to be around. He seems like he wants the best for you. In practice, he's not so serious all the time. You can joke around with him."

He has only two offers, but it appears he is willing to hold out for more.

"Right now, it's just Illinois State and Illinois. Hopefully more will come in. I've visited Northern Illinois and Mizzou this spring so far."

The 5'-8", 185 pounder is a multiple sport star.

"I run track. I did play basketball, but I gave that up coming into my junior year. I just did indoor track."

Foster packs a wallop, with much of his weight in his thighs and legs. He has tremendous vision and cutting ability as well. If there was ever a concern about his speed, he has answered it with his recent track success.

"I won the state indoor 55 meters. I ran a 6.45. And then my first outdoor meet, I ran the 100 meters in 10.57. It wasn't real windy."

Foster led Richwoods to the Illinois class 6-A state championship game, losing to Prairie Ridge for the title. He believes a better fate awaits in 2012.

"We had mostly juniors last year, so we should do great this year. Our coaching staff does a great job with the o-line. I give the o-line credit for everything I did ever since freshman year when I was on varsity."

Peoria Central jumbo athlete Josh Augusta is also being recruited heavily by Illinois. They may be teammates at Illinois someday, but Foster has been bending Augusta's ear for another reason.

"I keep trying to tell Josh to come to Richwoods. He could help us win a state championship."

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