Justin Foster emerged on the national recruiting scene as a 215-pound sophomore linebacker for Crest (Shelby, N.C.).
In the two years since, he has grown to 250 pounds, and been ranked as the No. 1 recruit in North Carolina and the No. 6 weak-side defensive end in the nation by the 247Sports Composite.
He will end his high school career as a U.S. Army All-American.
Foster received his honorary jersey Monday when the Selection Tour presented by American Family Insurance came to his school. Foster was honored in front of family, friends and teammates.
The Army Bowl is Jan. 7 in San Antonio.
Foster committed to Clemson last month and the Tigers have now signed the top player in North Carolina each of the last two years. Dexter Lawrence, an Army All-American last year from Wake Forest (N.C.) signed with the Tigers and is making an impact as a freshman.
Foster is expected to be a good fit for the Clemson defense because he is a hybrid lineman/linebacker who can move. And he’s a long way from that 215 pounds. He could be up to 270 at the next level.