Oct 16, 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Virginia Tech Hokies offensive lineman Jonathan McLaughlin (71) blocks at the line of scrimmage against the Pittsburgh Panthers during the second quarter at Heinz Field. Pittsburgh won 21-16. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Frank Beamer and the Virginia Tech Hokies’ coaching staff are doing a lot of evaluations of Class of 2015 and 2016 recruits along with making some phone calls during the recruiting dead period. Virginia Tech’s focus is already starting to increase on the Class of 2016 recruits and Virginia Tech has offered a highly-rated offensive tackle.
4-Star offensive tackle Sean Foster of Carmel Catholic High School in Mundelein, Illinois has received a scholarship offer from the Virginia Tech Hokies. The Hokies have had some recruiting success in the Midwest with four commits from Ohio and Indiana in the Classes of 2014 and 2015.
Currently, Foster has 16 offers from FBS programs that include the Hokies, California, Duke, Kentucky, Illinois, NC State, Indiana, Maryland, Nebraska, Purdue, and Syracuse. That number is almost certain to go up a lot with plenty of other major programs circling with interest.
Foster is ranked as the 230th best junior by the 247 Sports Composite, 255th best by ESPN, and 179th best by Rivals. Foster is ranked as the 20th best offensive tackle by the 247 Sports Composite, 22nd best by ESPN, and 15th best by the 247 Sports Composite.
Sean Foster is definitely a top offensive tackle and his recruitment still is very wide open as suggested by how he has no programs on his 247 Sports player page that are listed with anything higher than a cool interest level.
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Foster will take an unofficial visit to Iowa in 10 days, and the Hawkeyes will likely offer him soon. Iowa is an early frontrunner as Foster’s father played for Iowa. That connection has helped many programs in the past, and Kirk Ferentz will definitely look to take advantage of that connection.
Foster has fantastic size and a great frame at 6’7” and 265 pounds though Rivals lists him at 6’8” and 285 pounds. Foster has the frame to end up somewhere from 300 to 310 pounds and lose very little of his athleticism. Foster is already fairly strong at his current weight while his footwork and reactions are very good.
Foster seems like an offensive tackle that has huge upside and could end up being a starter for the Hokies by the time he was a sophomore if he came to Blacksburg. Stacy Searels also is a very good offensive line coach that should be able to do a great job of developing Foster if he came to Blacksburg.
The Hokies are now in the hunt for Sean Foster, but the Iowa Hawkeyes are the early favorites.
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