2013-08-23 / Sports

Player Profile

Talented Foster sets sights on 2,200 yards
By LARRY HILLIARD
Ledger Sports Editor


After gaining 1,800 yards a season ago, Gaffney’s Hyleck Foster wants to gain 2,200 yards this season and score 40 touchdowns. After gaining 1,800 yards a season ago, Gaffney’s Hyleck Foster wants to gain 2,200 yards this season and score 40 touchdowns. Hyleck Foster is thinking about a nice, round number —- and it wasn’t the 1,800 yards he gained in 2012.

It was more like 2,200.

Gaffney’s Foster has set his sights on eclipsing the magical 2,000 yard rushing mark for running backs and rushing for 2,200 yards in 2013.

He also has another round number for touchdowns - 40. He had 27 a season ago.

Lofty goals for sure for Foster, a 5- foot-9 187 pound rock of churning muscle and speed on the field. But Foster has embraced the work it will take to reach his goals.

This summer, he had workouts with former Gaffney standout Jarvis Littlejohn to improve his agility. He also packed on 17 pounds of muscle through a rigorous offseason weight program.

“I’m just a better back,” Foster said. “I have more agility now.”

Foster always had uncanny balance and vision. All those attributes were on display in his signature 80-yard touchdown run last season against Boiling Springs.

At full speed in only a few steps, Foster barreled up the middle, made a sharp cut to his left, turned the corner and outraced Bulldogs down the sidelines, leaving as many four stunned would-be tackles clutching nothing but air.

That was one of a couple of 300-yard rushing performances for Foster in 2012.

“I just felt like I was in a groove,” Foster said.

Gaffney offensive coordinator Donnie Litltejohn has been captivated by Foster’s talent since the running back broke his first tackle. “He just has incredible balance,” Littlejohn said. “It takes more than one tackler to bring him down.”

With starting quarterback Shaq Davidson on the shelf for a couple of games following thumb surgery and talented backup running back JoJo McGill less than 100 percent after a knee injury, Foster is expected to carry more of the workload. But Foster doesn’t mind the extra work.

“I have to do a little more,” Foster said. “Every chance I get I have to make something out of it. I know that I’ll be keyed on more without Shaq.”

Foster also flourishes in the passing game. He was second on the team in receptions in 2012 with 32 catches for 245 yards. He expects those numbers to rise this season.

“When I do go to wideout I should get a lot of screens,” he said.

With all his numbers and accomplishments, you’d think Foster would be ranked among the top five prospects in the state.

But he’s ranked No. 24 in the High School Sports Reports. The 3-star recruit comes in at No. 24 in 247 Sports state ranking.

Foster said he uses those rankings as motivation.

“I really want to be No. 1, so that motivates me,” he said.

During the summer, Foster took a trip to Huntington, WV and Marshall University. The one visit was all it took to convince him to commit with the Thundering Herd.

He’s still thinks he made the right decision.

“It’s just the right size school,” he said. “I love the coaches and it’s a place that gives me a better chance to go to the NFL by showcasing my talents in the run game.”

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