Posted by Jerry Hinnen
The college football public may not be consider Todd Graham one of the bigger or better hires of the 2011-2012 coaching carousel, but that didn't matter to new five-star Arizona State commitment D.J. Foster.
Foster announced Friday that he will be signing with Graham's Sun Devils this coming Wednesday, choosing Arizona State over an array of national offers including USC, Oregon, Cal, Notre Dame and others. The 6'0", 185-pound athlete ran for 3,058 yards this year for the Tempe-area Saguaro High School Sabercats, but could play wide receiver or corner for the Sun Devils.
At his announcement, Foster cited the ability to play close to home -- and close to his family -- as a deciding factor.
Foster becomes easily the highest-profile member of Graham's first recruiting class for his new team, ranking at No. 30 on the Maxpreps top 100 and No. 4 on Tom Lemming's list of 2012's top 25 athletes. Lemming has this to say about Foster:
He led the Sabercats at the RB, WR, and CB positions. He is a lockdown corner who is very comfortable playing against the other team's fastest receiver, and he's very confident with a smooth backpedal and he can turn and run with the best of them. One of the nation's premier cover corners, he also showed great hands, burst, and displayed outstanding moves in the open field at WR. To top it off D.J. is considered to be one of the West's top punt and kickoff returners.
Those kinds of skills should serve the Sun Devils whatever position Foster ultimately ends up settling in, though running back may prove to be Graham's biggest area of need; in 2011 ASU finished 70th in the nation in yards per-carry, with lead rusher Cameron Marshall taking the lion's share of the Sun Devils' carries.Keep up with the latest college football news from around the country. From the opening kick of the year all the way through the offseason, CBSSports.com has you covered with this daily newsletter. View a preview.
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