January 13, 2011

Foster emerges in 2012

Troy High School in Ohio finished the regular season with an 8-2 record and earned a spot in the Division I, Region 3 playoffs. Troy's defense was a big reason for that success as the Trojans held six opponents to seven points or less and posted three shutouts on the year.

Leading the way on defense was junior safety Marcus Foster, a 6-foot-1, 190-pounder who doubled as the Trojans' top running back.

Foster rushed for over 900 yards and 19 touchdowns on offense and defensively he posted 50 tackles and picked off three passes. His strong performance landed an early verbal scholarship offer from Cincinnati and interest from a host of others including Ohio State, Michigan, Notre Dame, Wisconsin and several other Big Ten programs.

"(Recruiting) is going better than expected so far," Foster said. "It was great getting a full ride scholarship to play DI football because that's what I've always wanted to do."

Foster has visited Cincinnati several times and he also attended a game at Kentucky, where he said he was impressed with the big-time atmosphere.

Most exciting is the interest he has received from Ohio State.

"I've always liked Ohio State since I've been little, just because I've lived in Ohio and I've really always just liked them," he said. "I've got some interest from them and also camp information from them too."

With his powerful frame and 4.6-second time in the 40-yard dash, Foster believes he's destined to play safety in college.

"I thought running back was what I was going to be when I get out of high school but safety is just my thing," he said. "I guess I've always liked just coming up on the ball and making a play."

Cincinnati has indicated they'd like Foster to play on defense, and that's fine with him.

"I really like playing safety better," he said. "I just like coming up on the ball and making plays."

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