October 8, 2008

Texas CB names top three

Ole Miss gave up over 300 yards through the air to South Carolina last Saturday and while that points to the entire defense, the match-ups between big Gamecock wide receivers and smaller Ole Miss defensive backs were also obvious.

Rebel head coach Houston Nutt and his staff have repeatedly said they need bigger and faster cornerbacks on the team and will address that issue with the 2009 signing class. They have one committed defensive back prospect in 6-foot-2, 177 pound Dele Junaid from Texas and are after another Lone Star state prospect, who doesn't quite have Junaid's size, but apparently has the speed and cover skills the Rebels covet.

Eddie Foster, a 5-foot-10, 160 pound cornerback from Colleyville (Heritage HS), Texas is hearing routinely from Ole Miss tight ends coach James Shibest, who recruits portions of Texas for the Rebels.

"He's calling about once a week," Foster said on Tuesday evening. "He's just keeping in touch and telling me I need to finalize plans for my official visit."

Ole Miss has offered Foster and he's also received offers from Iowa State, Vanderbilt, Utah and Boise State. In addition to those offers, Foster has recently added offers from Northwestern, Cincinnati, Rice, and Southern Miss.

With almost a dozen offers in hand, Foster has narrowed his list down to a top three ... here's what he has to say about each school ...

- Ole Miss: They're in the SEC and have great coaches. It would be a place where I would get great exposure, particularly if I want to think about getting to the next level (NFL). I really like the fact it's the SEC.

- Iowa State: I've visited there and I just love the coaches. It seems like I really connected with the team. There's some great people up there.

- Vanderbilt: I like the school and it's also in the SEC. It's probably the top school academically that's recruiting me. If I don't go on to the NFL, a degree from Vanderbilt would really mean something.

While Foster declines to name a top school from those three, he says Iowa State is currently recruiting him the hardest and the Cyclones may have an edge because of his visit there, whereas he's not been to Ole Miss or Vanderbilt. However, that will change later this year.

"I plan to go to Ole Miss after my season is over," Foster said. "I just don't know when that will be, because the way the playoffs work is that you keep playing until you get beat."

He said that if his season is finished by Thanksgiving, a trip to Oxford for the Egg Bowl in the season finale is a definite possibility.

Also helping the Rebels chance is the win over Florida late last month.

"I saw the whole game," Foster said. "It was pretty cool. The team was really fired up. I was excited for the (Ole Miss) coaches because I know they worked hard for that win."

Foster's Heritage team is off to a 5-0 star where he's seeing action at both wide receiver and cornerback. He said he has four or five catches on offense and has had at least seven or eight pass breakups on defense.

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

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