A lifelong fan, N.C. State is a “dream school” and opportunity
By Bob Sutton
Special to The Alamance News
“These last four years are something I will cherish forever – all of i. I remember every game in detail. Loved every part of it.
– Southern Alamance running back Logan Foust
Much like Logan Foust played on the football field for Southern Alamance, there was no hesitation when the chance came to join his favorite college football program.
He’s taking this head-on.
Foust accepted a spot with the North Carolina State team as a preferred walk-on, preparing for an early-entry route to be with the Wolfpack in just a couple of weeks.
“It all happened really quick,” Foust said. “I was iffy about going to college and then after football season was over, I was like, ‘I’m going and I don’t want it to end. I’m going to keep pushing.’ ”
Foust, a running back, was the Offensive Player of the Year in the Central 3-A Conference, gaining more than 2,000 rushing yards for the league champion Patriots. He also was a defensive standout at linebacker.
Foust was set to graduate from Southern this winter. That turns out convenient so he can head off to Raleigh in early January.
“Now it really works out in my favor,” he said. “I was already graduating early before all this. I’m getting out of here pretty early. Just going to work and get my foot in the door fast. It kind of just fell into place. I just wanted to move on fast.”
N.C. State’s connections to Southern helped facilitate bringing Foust on board. Former Patriots coach Henry Trevathan, Jr. is the Wolfpack football’s director of high school relations, while ex-Southern athlete Brock McKirgan holds the role of director of football operations at N.C. State.
Foust said Trevathan became a key contact.
“I can’t thank him enough for giving me the opportunity,” he said.
Foust was enhancing his credentials when he became a two-way standout as a junior, receiving the Southern team’s Most Valuable Player honor.
The chance for him to play collegiately seemed appropriate to members of Southern’s football coaching staff.
“The kid makes plays,” assistant coach Kyle Deadmon said. “Those yards he got, a lot of those were on his own after contact. He just doesn’t quit.”
Now-former coach Fritz Hessenthaler has raved about Foust’s toughness and dependability.
Foust racked up a single-game, school-record 283 rushing yards in a second-round victory against Jacksonville in the Class 3-A state playoffs. Yet he regularly made game-deciding plays on defense, such as his overtime efforts in the Class 4-A states in 2022 at New Hanover and an interception to help clinch this year’s victory at Williams.
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“These last four years are something I will cherish forever – all of it,” he said. “I remember every game in detail. Loved every part of it. Conference championship, going undefeated in the conference. We haven’t won the conference in a while so this is really good for us. Just soaking it all in.”
The departure means no senior golf season for Foust. “I don’t think they’ll miss me too much,” he said with a laugh.
But now he’s teeing off on what has been on his wish list for quite some time.
“When I was a young kid, it has been on my mind,” he said of playing college football. “I wasn’t recruited much and then got an opportunity from State and that’s one of my dream schools. A State fan all my life.
“It’s going to be very different, and I’m ready to start it. I’m going to give it my all and hopefully be on the field within one or two years.”
Foust, 18, said he intends to major in sports management, though last week he was awaiting a course schedule for the spring semester and a housing assignment. On the football field, it’s unclear what position he might line up to play, though he said one possibility is at strong safety.
“Wherever they give me an opportunity to play is where I’m going to work hard for. Anywhere,” he said. “I just want to play ball. I’m a ball player.”
See earlier story on Foust’s avocation, flying: https://alamancenews.com/from-the-football-field-to-flying-the-wide-open-sky-southerns-logan-foust-finds-time-for-both/
Read example of Foust’s contributions to Southern’s 2023 success, in this case, over Williams High School: https://alamancenews.com/logan-fousts-five-touchdowns-carries-southern-past-williams/
Search “Logan Foust” to find other stories on Southern’s football success – and Logan Foust’s contributions to it.
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