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Foster joins Newberry, adds to link

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By Robert Howey

 

   

Newberry College extended its strong football pipeline from Lancaster County with a big addition to its latest football recruiting class.

Lancaster High School star defensive lineman Daniel Foster, a six-foot, 245-pounder, is headed to the Wolves program after signing with NC earlier this week in the coaches office at the Rice Athletic Complex on the LHS campus.

He joins a Newberry team which includes two former county standouts, LHS star quarterback Taniel Massey, and Buford standout kicker Joseph Morris.

Wolves’ head coach Todd Knight and defensive coordinator Stephen Flynn are county natives who starred at Buford High School.

“I think Newberry’s football program is one on the rise,” Foster said. “I feel it will be good in the future and I look forward to being a part of it.

“I like the campus and the coaches. I feel Newberry is getting good players.”

Foster is a quality performer as a four-year starter and three-time all-region pick.

He capped his senior season, earning selection to the 63rd annual North-South All-Star game. Foster played a key role in helping the North all-stars to the 23-6 win at Myrtle Beach last December.

The Bruins’ Defensive MVP and captain, Foster also was named to The Lancaster News’ all-county defensive squad.

He led the Bruins’ defensive points with 498, which included 104 tackles, eight tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks, two fumble recoveries and a caused fumble.

 As a junior, he won the Bruins Defensive Lineman Award with 17 unassisted tackles, 29 first hits, 38 assists, four sacks, three caused fumbles, two tackles for loss, two fumble recoveries and 31 pressure passers.

“Daniel is a tireless worker in the weight room and goes above and beyond,” said Lancaster High School head football coach Bennie McMurray of Foster, who was also a 2010 Old Spice High School Football MVP. “On the field, he goes full tilt and his motor never stops.

“ He’s as nice a person as you would ever want to meet until the ball is snapped. Then, he takes it up a notch and that’s the way he played in an outstanding football career at Lancaster High School.”

LHS defensive coordinator Ricky Brown also saluted Foster.

“He’s worked hard to make an impact in our program each season,” Brown said.

Foster, in addition to his football prowess, is an outstanding student with a 3.9 grade point average.

“Daniel is an example of a good student-athlete,” McMurray said. “He’s made the most of his career on and off the field. We will miss him, but he’s set a great example to follow as an outstanding player, student and person. I wish him the best, and I wish we had more like him.”