Four-star linebacker Justin Foster committed to the Clemson Tigers on Monday, lifting the program three spots in the 2017 recruiting rankings.
Monday ended on a high note for Dabo Swinney’s Tigers.
Three days after it beat down Boston College, 56-10, Clemson landed a commitment from 4-star recruit Justin Foster, the No. 16 outside linebacker and No. 199 overall player in the 2017 class.
Foster, who’s from Shelby, North Carolina, released a statement regarding his decision.
“I would like to thank all the coaches that gave me this great opportunity. I have really enjoyed the recruiting process, but I have found my home. I will be continuing my football career at Clemson University.”
The pledge from Foster gives Clemson 14 total commits in the 2017 cycle, and has bumped the Tigers up from No. 11 to No. 8 in the recruiting class rankings. His decision also added 204 recruiting points to Clemson’s class, bringing its total to 2,645 points. The Tigers are now 353 recruiting points away from holding a top-five ranking.
Foster holds additional offers from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Michigan, Ole Miss, Notre Dame, Oklahoma and others.
He stands at 6-foot-3, 254 lbs and, while lurking in the second level, can absolutely lay the wood on whichever poor soul is carrying the football. Foster can diagnose plays quickly and is very assertive at the point of attack. His pass coverage skills can be improved upon, but part of that is simply slimming down and getting lighter on his feet.
Foster is versatile enough to slide to inside linebacker or bump down as an edge rusher. He’s a strong player capable of blowing up running plays for the Clemson defense.
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