SHELBY, N.C. — Shelby (N.C.) Crest High School linebacker Justin Foster has verbally committed to Clemson.
Foster, a four-star recruit and top-100 prospect in the 2017 class, announced his commitment during halftime of Crest’s home game against Kings Mountain on Monday night.
Foster chose Clemson over Georgia and Tennessee.
Foster was kind enough to speak to The Clemson Insider about his decision prior to the announcement.
“They’ve been with me from the beginning,” Foster said of Clemson during an exclusive interview with The Clemson Insider. “They were my first offer. I built a good relationship down there, and my sister went there. I know the place inside and out really well, and I just felt comfortable with the coaches, felt comfortable with the positions they want to play me at and different things.
“It just felt like home down there.”
Clemson was first to offer Foster in January of his sophomore year. Along with Georgia and Tennessee, Foster was offered by Alabama, Auburn, Florida, LSU, Michigan, North Carolina, N.C. State, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Stanford, Tennessee and Texas A&M among others.
The 6-foot-4, 250-pounder recently visited Clemson for the Tigers’ game against Louisville on Oct. 1, as well as the game against South Carolina State on Sept. 17.
Foster also attended Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney’s annual All In Cookout in July, and said it wasn’t long after when he decided that Clemson is the place for him.
“I would say I decided probably a couple weeks after the cookout,” Foster said. “I kind of just kept it to myself for a while, just to think about it. I talked with other schools, and I felt better at Clemson than everything.”
Swinney was happy, of course, when Foster called him to deliver the big news.
“He was really excited,” Foster said. “He was really surprised because I don’t really talk much, and I hardly get on the phone with him anyways, so he was really surprised when I told him and everything.”
What kind of player is Swinney and Clemson getting in Foster?
“They’re getting a player that can play multiple positions,” Foster said. “I can come off the edge, drop in coverage. Just an all-around defensive player, and you can count on me when you need me.”
Now that his decision and commitment is behind him, Foster feels a sense of relief.
“I’d say it’s a big relief, from all the people asking where I’m going and stuff, and the whole recruiting process,” Foster said. “I feel like it’s a big relief, and now you know where home is. You can go there and visit them and not have to really worry about anything else.”
Foster became the 14th commitment in Clemson’s 2017 recruiting class.
He’s excited for what the future holds at Clemson.
“It feels amazing, going into a team that’s doing the things they’re doing now,” Foster said. “I’m going to try to go in there and keep it up.”
Foster is rated by the 247Sports Composite as the No. 1 prospect in North Carolina and the nation’s No. 87 prospect regardless of position in the class of 2017.