Name: Donnie Foster
Year: (Redshirt) Freshman
Hometown: Savannah, Ga.
High School: Savannah Christian Prep/IMG Academy
2014 Stats: Redshirted last fall, though he did earn himself a spot on the Fall 2014 Athletic Director's Honor Roll.
2015 Projections: Based on the depth chart, Foster's fourth in terms of centers, which puts him at a low likelihood to see much playing time. I guess he could get moved around, perhaps, if injuries hit elsewhere on the line.
How'd He Get Here: After spending a year at IMG Academy, he received offers from Harvard and Dartmouth (Ivy League mind, that Donnie!). He also had some preferred walk-on interest from Georgia and Auburn but liked his chances better with Syracuse. Win, us -- and him, too, since he's now set to have a scholarship this season.
What'd Recruiting Sites Say: Nada, but that's not a terrible thing, necessarily.
Money Quote: While talking about his time at IMG Academy...
"I've snapped with (New York Jets QB) Geno Smith, (Miami Dolphins QB) Ryan Tannehill and Tim Tebow while he was here last year. The first day I was here I had breakfast with all the NFL Draft trainees that were here - Matt Barkley, Manti Te'o, Barrett Jones - and it was incredible to see these famous people in their everyday lives, just talking to us."
... let's hope Geno's habit of getting lit up didn't rub off on Foster! (kidding... that level of failure is only caused from being terrorized by Chandler Jones, which Foster didn't have to deal with.
Links Of Wonder: No, seriously, read the entire post from IMG. Donnie shares his love of table tennis, strength training, AP calc and more.
Tweets Of Wonder: I say similar things at work every day...
Can't wait to get home and get to the beach— Donnie Foster (@donnie_foster) May 6, 2015
What Does Shafer Think Of Him: Nothing yet. Though if he got in the door, we know he's #hardnosed.
Interesting Nuggest O'Interest: His dad golfed at San Jose State, and was on the Golf Channel's Big Break II -- a reality television show about golfing (source). I couldn't locate any YouTube footage. That's unfortunate.
Let's Get A Good Look Atcha: "Donnie Foster Highlight Film," by Donnie Foster.