"I committed to KU Friday," said Steven Foster, Jr. from Sedgwick, (Kansas). "I committed around 4:00 p.m. I called coach [Mark] Mangino. He called my school and
told my coach for me to call him. I called, and he told me he was offering me a scholarship. I committed right then. I’ve been wanting to play there since I was seven years old.”
"When I called him I talked to him for a while. He asked about my season. He then said the reason why he called was because he wanted to offer me a scholarship. He said they need a really good fullback because theirs was graduating next year."
"It was really down to KU and Tulsa. I said when one of those schools offer I am going to commit. I was real pumped when coach Mangino offered me. I always wanted to play for KU since I was little. The great thing about KU is they want me as a fullback and that is what I want to play."
"I really couldn't say anything when he offered. I was psyched. It was awesome. I told him I was ready to go ahead and commit."
The latest Jayhawk commitment has been a frequent visitor in Lawrence over the past few months.
"I have been to KU about four times," Foster said. "I went twice over the summer for unofficial visits. I have been to two games, and I am going this Saturday for the Oklahoma State game. I went to the Northwestern State game and Louisiana-Monroe game."
"I love it up there. The people there are really supportive and fired up about the team. Coach Mangino is building the program. The atmosphere is awesome and the campus is nice. I love it in Lawrence."
Foster has built a strong relationship with his recruiting coach Brandon Blaney.
"I love him. He is awesome. He is a down to earth guy. He won't lie to you. He kept in touch with me throughout the whole recruiting process. Every time I asked him a question he would always tell me the truth. I have a lot of respect for coach Blaney," Foster said.
Air Force was Foster's only other scholarship offer, but several schools were expressing interest.
"I had one offer on the way from Tulsa, and I have one from Air Force. Colorado State and TCU have been calling my school counselor asking for transcripts," Foster shared.
"My heart is set on KU no matter what other offers come in. I am set on playing at KU."
Foster rushed for 1,000 yards as a junior and has already surpassed that number in only six games of his senior year.
"I am doing good," he said. "Our team is 3-3. We start district this week. I have 1,200 yards rushing and 16 touchdowns. I am averaging 210 yards per game. I play middle linebacker on defense. I am really not sure how many tackles I have. My coach said I am averaging 13-14 tackles a game."
Foster stands 6-2.5, 235-pounds and claims a 4.60 forty.
"I am a physical person. I am not afraid to hit people or lower my shoulder. I have good vision, and I know how to read blocks. Being strong is another asset I have. I bench 340 pounds and squat 425 pounds."
Foster carries a 3.6 GPA and scored a 17 on the ACT.