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Pitt Extends PWO Offer to Austin, Texas Linebacker Drew Foster

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A majority of PWO offers extended by college programs are made to athletes that live nearby that particular school but that’s not always the case.

The Pitt Panthers recently extended a PWO opportunity to Drew Foster from Austin, Texas. Foster (6-foot-2” 205 pounds) is a linebacker/H-back in high school.

This opportunity came about following Foster reaching out to Panthers linebacker coach Ryan Manalac and an evaluation of him by the Pitt coaches.

” I was messaging with Coach Manalac on Twitter,” Foster tells PSN. “I really love his energy and enthusiasm for the game. He told me that he liked my film and he sent it around to the other coaches at Pitt and they liked it too. He then came back to me with a PWO offer.”

” When I originally reached out to him, I was just honestly hoping for the best. Pitt is a great football program and wasn’t really sure in terms of an opportunity to play there just because some coaches give you good signs and seem interested but it ends up not working out. Some coaches don’t initially show you great signs but come back and offer. I am just thankful for this opportunity from Pitt.”

My next question to Foster was what makes a kid from Austin, Texas want to pursue a roster spot at Pitt? Doing so at Texas, Texas Tech, TCU is understandable but why Pitt?

”I’m just a huge fan of the game and love college football. Watching Pitt on TV, I see that they’re an ascending program. After researching more about their program and after seeing the their relationship with the Pittsburgh Steelers and playing at Heinz Field, I just really liked everything I saw and wanted to reach out to see if I had a chance.”

“I’ve been playing football ever since kindergarten and running track all the way through high schools,” said Foster. “I believe that I can bring versatility to a program as I’ve played both offense and defense in high school. In college, I’d definitely say my position will be linebacker. I can move sideline to sideline but believe I’ve shown on tape that I can fill the gaps in the run game. I believe that I can cover the pass and have a nose for the ball.”

Now that Foster has received this news, he and his family will be deciding whether to attend Pitt or as a scholarship player at various other opportunities at smaller programs.

“I’m extremely interested in Pitt and I’m looking for a school with a really good academic reputation with a strong football program as well. I feel like Pitt has that and I’ll be making a final decision where to go in the next week or so.”

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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