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Texas 2022 LB Drew Foster Pledges Himself to Pitt as PWO



The 2021 season did not go to plan for Hyde Park in Austin, Texas, an 0-10 season dissolving into disappointment, but Drew Foster was able to do enough to stand out to college coaches.

And now the 2022 h-back/linebacker/defensive back will be making his way to Pittsburgh, committing to Pitt Thursday night via Twitter, to join the ACC champions over scholarship offers from Washington (St. Louis) and Furman.

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“I could not be more thankful for the position I am in today and most importantly without my Savior Jesus Christ, none of this would be possible,” Foster said on Twitter. “I want to thank my family for the sacrifices they’ve made to help me get to where I am as a student-athlete. Without their support, I would not be the person I am today. I also want to say thank you to Coach Narduzzi and Coach Manalac for giving me an opportunity to play football within an elite ACC program. I’m excited to continue my academic and football career at the University of Pittsburgh!!”

Foster (6-foot-2, 215 pounds) compiled modest offensive stats on a poor Hyde Park offense, but he told Pittsburgh Sports Now after his Pitt offer that he feels like he’ll play linebacker at the next level.

“I’ve been playing football ever since kindergarten and running track all the way through high schools,” Foster told PSN. “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.”

With Foster’s sideline-to-sideline speed and coverage ability — having played defensive back a bit — he could be a fit at Star linebacker in Pitt’s defensive system.

Foster committed to Pitt Wednesday, joining local athlete Lorenzo Jenkins (Beaver Falls, Pa.), and a handful of local recruits already committed to Pitt as preferred walk-ons since the 2021 season ended, including Belle Vernon’s Devin Whitlock, Chartiers Valley’s Abe Ibrahim, Kiski Area’s Brock Wilkins and Central Catholic’s Josh Altsman. And New Jersey CB Matthew Amofa and Florida OL/DL Thomas Aden from outside the state.

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Krackerjack Kid
Krackerjack Kid
1 year ago

PWOs are always interesting. You need them for your program and occasionally they develop and shine. What I’d like to know is when a player is a PWO at Pitt, what does it cost them in real dollars? I imagine they can get the out of state part of the tuition waived. In addition, I’m sure most can get Pell grants if they qualify. But do most PWOs pay retail on tuition? Pitt is a pretty expensive school and I would imagine most out of state PWOs could get a similar role in their home state at a fraction of… Read more »

Bob Cardy
1 year ago

Baylor is a private school with tuition of about $60k per year, but I understand your point. There are less expensive options in Texas, like Tech, but Pitt is a better rated school than Tech. As a PWO, academics has to be a strong factor. UT and A&M are on par academically and cost wise, but it’s possible he did not have a PWO option at either school. Either way, glad he chose Pitt!

1 year ago

Often, PWO’s can make for very good special teams players. Watching this guys video clip, he’s impressively aggressive at LB and as a lead blocker. Big motor and loves to hit. Nice pickup.

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