Top-rated running back transfers to USD

Top-rated running back transfers to USD
Dion Foster of Robbins, IL, who was rated one of the nation's top-100 high school running backs in 2005, will transfer from the Wisconsin Badgers of the Big Ten Conference to enroll and play football for The University of South Dakota in fall 2007, according to an announcement made April 10 by South Dakota head football coach Ed Meierkort. Foster has signed an institutional financial aid tender with USD.

Foster (5'9, 208 pounds) was Wisconsin's Scout Team Player of the Year in 2005. He received a near-four star rating (3.88) by Rivals.com in 2005 after rushing for 2,010 yards on 204 carries with 25 touchdowns as a high school senior at Oaklawn (IL) H.L. Richards High School. Foster also accumulated 1,909 yards and 32 touchdowns as a sophomore and followed that up with 1,558 yards and 19 scores as a junior, all of which helped him rank as the #82 running back in the nation and in the Midwest Overall Top-100 in 2005 by Scout.com.

In his prep career, he totaled 5,477 yards and 75 touchdowns on 576 carries. Foster's high school coach Gary Korhonen of Richards High School told Scout.com in 2005 that Foster was the best back that he has coached in his 30-plus years of coaching.


"Obviously, we are pleased that Dion is coming to play football for the Coyotes," said Meierkort, who has directed USD to a 27-8 record in three seasons, including the school's first appearance in the NCAA Division II national playoffs in 20 years in 2006. "Dion was attracted by our running game and the ability to compete and play on a national level." Meierkort noted that Foster was recruited by Michigan, Iowa, and Tennessee, among others, before signing with Wisconsin in 2005.

"Dion fits the mold of the kind of player that we were looking for to replace All-American running back Stefan Logan, who was one of the best running backs ever at USD and in the North Central Conference. I believe Dion is mature enough to make the move to USD," Meierkort said. "The Coyote nation will be excited to see him at the DakotaDome."

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