SOUTHLAKE, Texas - As if Cade Foster hadn't done enough make his mark on the storied football program at Southlake Carroll. He helped the Dragons win a third Class 5A state football title in four years when he was a freshman kicker in 2006. He's also on the verge of becoming the state's all-time career leader in PATs.
As a rare four-year varsity player for the program and already committed to Alabama, Foster has played, and is playing with teammates who'll play at major colleges around the country. But even for a Southlake program that has won state titles and been named No. 1 nationally, Foster managed to add a first among the Dragons' program when he was named to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
Foster is the first Southlake player to be selected for the 10 anniversary of the All-American Bowl. Foster was presented a symbolic No. 10 jersey to commemorate the game which will be played Jan. 9 at the Alamodome in San Antonio and will be broadcast live by NBC.
"Cade has been a special player from the day he stepped on campus," Southlake Carroll coach Hal Wasson said. "He's a good player who keeps working to get better. He's a great leader for our team and our whole campus."
The Dragons' starting middle linebacker and record-setting kicker comes from an athletic background with his father Dan playing cornerback at Maryland with former Dallas Cowboys star Randy White. Cade Foster started playing soccer when he was "about three" and quickly showed a knack for kicking. A powerful leg got him on varsity as a ninth grader and former SLC coach Todd Dodge said he would have played Foster at linebacker that season but didn't want to take a chance at getting his valuable kicker injured.
Foster's prowess as a linebacker quickly grew and he's been a staple of the Dragons' defense since his sophomore year. His powerful leg started gaining him national notice at kicking camps for his field goal accuracy and long-range kickoffs.
Foster's athleticism showed in Carroll's recent victory over Houston Bellaire when he intercepted a pass, returned it to the 30-yard line and, with only four seconds left before half, kicked a field on the next play.
Foster just had a career-best 49-yard field goal against Houston North Shore but he's still shy of the SLC record of 54 yards set by former Oklahoma Sooner and current New Orleans Saint Garrett Hartley.
Foster's priority of the moment, though, is with helping Southlake Carroll make another state playoff run before he calls it a Dragons' career. Carroll (4-1) plays neighboring rival Coppell (5-0) in a District 6-5A showdown Friday night.
But Foster is aware of the significance of his senior year.
"I've spent most of my life with the 50 guys who are seniors on this team," Foster said. "That has been the most special part of it all."