December 8, 2008

Texas DB talks about Ole Miss visit

Colleyville (Heritage HS), Texas three-star rated defensive back Eddie Foster didn't have any expectations or perceptions before he visited Mississippi for the first time, but he left the state impressed with Ole Miss.

"I liked it a lot," Foster said late Sunday after flying back to Houston.

Rebels coaches must have kept Foster busy and he said as soon as he got home, he curled up for a nap for a couple of hours.

"I got in on Friday afternoon and got there in time to watch about 20 or 30 minutes of practice," Foster said. "After that, they gave us a tour of the academic facilities and then we went out to eat - at the Rib Cage - it was cool. I got to meet a lot of players and coaches and their families."

Foster said he just hung out that evening with escort Jared Mitchell at a nearby apartment off campus and, on Saturday, prospects had breakfast before watching another practice as the Rebels began preparations for the Cotton Bowl on Jan. 2.

"The practices are very similar to the way we practice," Foster said. "But there is one major difference - speed, these guys are a lot faster."

As practice wound down for the Rebels, Foster and his group were given a tour of the facilities and team members joined the recruits and coaches for a meal before the entire group watched the SEC championship game.

"Most of the recruits were for Florida," Foster said. "There were some Florida players up for a visit and a lot of the crowd was really pulling for Florida."

Foster, a 5-foot-10, 165 pound defensive back prospect said he was most impressed on his visit by the relationships he witnessed.

"I like the way the players are close," Foster said. "The players have nothing but good things to say about the coaches. I mean there's usually like a coach or two that players don't like, but that's not the case at Ole Miss. The players like every coach. I really liked the way that it's like a family at Ole Miss."

Foster concluded his official visit with some one-on-one time with head coach Houston Nutt.

"He just asked how I liked the campus and told me that he wants to keep in touch," Foster said. "He said they may open up one of their Cotton Bowl practices in Dallas where some of the Texas recruits can come in and watch. He really didn't talk about me committing. But I know that coach Nutt only wants the players who want to be at Ole Miss and he's not going to pressure someone into recruiting or making a decision when they're not ready."

Foster named a top three - Ole Miss, Vanderbilt and Northwestern - before his Ole Miss visit and he plans to visit Northwestern this coming weekend and then visit Vanderbilt in mid-January.

"All the schools are pretty even right now," Foster said. "I want to take all my visits before I make a decision."

Foster's high school team lost in the first round of the state playoffs and he finished the season with 51 tackles, 13 broken-up passes, and two interceptions. While his specialty was on defense, he also added 15 receptions for 230 yards and three touchdowns as a receiver.

He supports a 3.3 GPA and has scored a 1200 on his SAT.

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