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2018 OG/OC Braden Foster has 1 NAIA offer, but his recruiting is just getting started. We talked FBS schools showing interest in him, putting in extra work this offseason and how he leads on and off the field.
You can find Braden on Twitter @2018Foster.
Wt: 310 lbs
Commitment status: Undecided
LPI: Now that your season is over it’s already time to get ready for next season. What are you going to do to take your game to the next level this offseason?
BF: During this offseason my team and I have already started workouts for the upcoming year. We have EFT trainers come in and work with us which I think really helps. Also I am going up to Kenosha to workout at Athletic republic 4 times a week.
LPI:You recently picked up your first scholarship offer from NAIA Olivet Nazarene. What skill set can you bring to the table for a college football program?
BF: Personally I am very pleased with my first offer and couldn’t be more blessed. I think that I bring a very good sense of strength and leadership to any football team.
LPI: Besides the school that has offered you, which schools have shown serious interest in you?
BF: Iowa State, Illinois, Western Michigan as well as Kansas State.
LPI: Where have you visited most recently and do you have any planned visits coming up?
BF: My last visit was at Western Michigan. I really loved it up there. I don’t have any planned visits yet. However, I will be going up to Iowa State and Illinois for sure in the next couple of months.
LPI: On or off the field, how do you demonstrate leadership?
BF: Personally, leadership is a huge thing in my family. My dad always told me and my brother no matter how bad your situation is, someone always has it worse. This quote to me explains leadership perfectly. The reason I say that is because no matter the situation you have to pick up your head and be a leader and pick up your teammates. Off of the field, I’m a member of my church and help out coaching my little brother’s football team explaining to them the importance of leadership.
LPI: Who are some of your teammates that you believe can play at the next level, but have gone overlooked by college coaches?
Zaire Barnes – Zaire has been my best friend since we were in 1st grade. He was on my very first football team and we have grown to be brothers. Zaire has 6 Division 1 offers already and he has many more to come. Very strong kid also very quick.
Jake Cerwin – Jake is probably the hardest hitting kid on our team. He is very smart with a very high GPA. Jake is also one of my brothers. He has the strength and quickness to be one very good player
Noah Thigpen – Hands down the best long snapper in the state of Illinois. Noah works super hard working on his snapping. Noah is also a very strong kid and has the ability to be awesome.
Tariq Abrams – Tariq has been my buddy since freshman year. Tariq is one of the strongest kids on our team. He has been moved a lot on our team but I feel like his breakout year will be this year.
Shaneal Greene – Shaneal also very quick and always works. Shaneal is always willing to work and I couldn’t be happier that he’s on my team. He’s a great player and has the ability to be an elite player.