The old saying, "football isn't a game, it is a religion," is completely worn out at this point, but every now and then there is a case where, within a family, it is almost true.
That is the case with Southeast (Lincoln, Neb.) offensive lineman D.J. Foster.
According to the junior lineman, the game is an institution in his family.
"I've been playing football since I was seven years-old," Foster said. "Football is a big thing in my family. My brother (Tray Foster) goes to Nebraska right now. He is a redshirt freshman. It is just a thing we have always been a part of. I've got to say that I love the sport and I'm so happy to be able to take it to the next level. My dad (Jesse Foster) and he used help out Alabama back in I think it was 2000 or 2002. It was right before we moved to Nebraska. He coached high school in Alabama and he is now coaching varsity linebackers as a volunteer coach."
Almost every recruit who gets to the point in the recruiting process loves the game to some extent, but Foster is different.
He loves the game and is also enjoying the process.
"Man it is a blessing just to be able to take my talents to play the game that I love and being able to go to the next level," he said. "The recruiting process, I'm finding that it is real fun and real exciting. Some days it feels it like no one is looking at you then the next day you get an offer or get a phone call asking about schools looking at you. It's fun."
On Monday, Foster, who grew up an Alabama fan, got an offer from an SEC school that played the Tide in last year's SEC Championship game.
"My coach told me a couple of days ago that I need to call Georgia because they had a coach that wanted to talk to me," he said. "I thought this would be a good day. I got out of school a little early and I went to our training room and called coach (Will) Friend. He gave me the offer right then."
The star lineman has a high opinion of the Bulldogs football program, but he also admits that he isn't just looking for a winning tradition at the next level.
He is focused on other things a little more.
"I know they are a winning school," Foster said when asked what he knows about UGA. "They have a great football team, but I'm going to be looking at academics and being able to figure out how many guys they get through the program and how many guys they graduate. I want to be able to fully know more about their academics because every body knows about the top schools and how they are good at sports. But I want to figure out academics so I can know what I can do when I get out of school."
At this point in his recruitment, Foster says that all teams are even, but he expects things to change this summer.
"This summer I'll be going down to Alabama because I have family down there," he said. "I'll be in the SEC area and I am going to try to see schools down there that are looking at me. I'm going to hopefully narrow it down before the end summer and hopefully I'll know where I want to go at the end of the summer. You never know about that. It could just go through the season. I don't know. I do want to at least get to my top five when I get to the end of the summer."
With family in Alabama and a brother that plays at Nebraska, many feel that either of those teams could be Foster's dream school.
Foster, however, says that he is taking an open-minded approach to his recruitment.
"I don't have a dream school right now," he said. "I love Alabama. Don't get me wrong about that, but I don't know exactly what school is going to be best for me. I want to figure that out this summer."
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