Kaleb Foster has decided to stay close to home in pursuit of his goal of playing college baseball.
Foster, who is headed into his senior year at Douglas High School, has announced his verbal commitment to attend the University of Nevada. The catcher is coming off a successful season this past spring in which he was honored as Defensive Player of the Year on the Northern Division I’s all-region team.
“It’s good to stay local … I’m used to the weather, so that’s no big deal,” Foster said Friday after playing football in the Douglas Flying Tigers Passing Tournament. “They have a good coaching staff and a good team. I’m excited to be going with them.”
While Foster won’t sign an official national letter of intent until at least November — a verbal commitment is non-binding until the letter is actually signed — the early decision allows him to concentrate on his senior year at Douglas without concerns over his college plans. In addition to playing baseball, the 6-foot, 202-pound Foster also plays linebacker (second-team all-league last year) and running back for the Tigers’ football team.
“This is a great opportunity,” Douglas coach Bruce Jacobsen said. “We’re extremely proud of Kaleb and what he’s been able to accomplish. We’ve had a long line of good catchers here and he’s certainly continued that tradition.”
Jacobsen added that Foster would be the first Douglas product to play baseball at Nevada since Austin Graham in 2004.
Foster hit .385 with a team-high 31 RBI and seven home runs this spring. He has played on the Douglas varsity since his freshman year, and even played on Jacobsen’s summer team after his eighth grade year.
“We knew then he was a special kid,” Jacobsen said. “We had him hitting in the No. 2 hole as an eighth grader, which says something, and he’s gotten better every year. That’s the way he is; he wants to be the best player possible.
“He’s just a great kid, he works hard, he’s committed, good teammate, good leader, all the things you’d like to see in a kid.”
Foster’s father, Ted, played at UNLV before he transferred to Nevada and played in 1997.
“It’s going to be weird wearing all that blue,” Foster said, smiling.