July 9, 2008

Anxious Foster picks Vols

It's been no secret that Valdosta, Ga., offensive lineman Antonio Foster has been high on Tennessee for quite some time. The last time Volquest.com spoke with the versatile lineman, he all but said that he planned on committing to the Vols during his trip to Knoxville scheduled sometime in the middle of this month.

Foster decided he didn't want to wait and ended things late Wednesday morning with a phone call to the Tennessee staff.

"I committed to Tennessee," Foster said. "I called them just a few minutes ago. They were really happy to hear that I'm a Vol."

The holdup in Foster's commitment seemed to be the fact that he's not been to Knoxville and wanted his mother to get a feel for the school that he's been leaning to. He made the decision last night to stop the waiting game, and it's something that the entire Foster family is happy about.

"I just felt like I needed to end it," Foster said. "I knew it was the school for me so I didn't need to waste time. They knew I was going to commit and they are ecstatic."

Tennessee recruited Foster extremely hard, and he is Tennessee's fourth offensive lineman in the class of 2009. It was the Tennessee staff that made the biggest impression on the south Georgia lineman.

"After I did my research, I knew I really liked Tennessee, but the coaches are my kind of coaches," Foster said. "Coach Fulmer was an old offensive lineman and I really like that a lot. He plays my kind of football. I really like coach (Greg) Adkins, too. He was really happy to hear me say that I was committing."

Foster's first phone call after calling the Tennessee staff was to his high school head coach. Now that his recruitment is over, he can focus on what he hopes will be a very successful senior year.

"It's a big load off my back," Foster said. "I know where I'm going and it allows me to concentrate on my team and my game. I want to go all the way this year and with this behind me, I can focus on doing that."

Foster still plans to make the trip to Knoxville in a couple of weeks, but he'll come to campus with a different view on his visit. Instead of hoping to commit, he'll be trying to make relationships and form a bond with his future coaches and teammates.

"I just want to spend time with coaches and players and get to know them better," Foster said. "I will be playing with them for the next four years. I'm going to look into the academic side, too. I already have a little bit. I want to be a pharmacist."

Other schools will continue to pursue Foster, but he says their efforts will fall on deaf ears.

"I'm just happy to be a Vol," Foster said. "That is where I'm going and I'm not going to change my mind."

Rivals.com ranks Foster as a 3-star offensive lineman in the class of 2009.

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