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.
— Drew Foster (@DrewFoster2022) April 22, 2022
“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.