Published Tuesday, January 28, 2014 AT 8:06 PM / Updated at 8:06 PM
D.J. is actually J.J., and he’s from Alabama
Rich Kaipust Omaha World-Herald

On a rare slow recruiting day on the Nebraska football front …

Working on some signing day bios today, I asked Lincoln Southeast lineman D.J. Foster, out of curiosity, what the D.J. stood for.

Well, he said, he’d have to explain.

Foster said his given name is actually Jerald Jarrell Foster. Every male in the family has the monogram of JJF. Older brother and current Husker tight end Trey Foster is actually Jesse James Foster III.

So before he was born, and any name yet decided, family started referring to him as Double-J … thus D.J.

By the way, the Fosters lived in Tuscaloosa, Ala., until he was 7 or 8, and he admits the first dreams were to be a “Bama boy.” The family moved to Lincoln when Jesse Foster II took a teaching job at the University of Nebraska.

“When we got here, we definitely didn’t know much about Nebraska football,” D.J. Foster said. “I don’t think we even cared to learn too much about it. That turned out to be good when I was looking at Nebraska, because I picked them for the right reasons and not just because it was the team that we grew up following.”

The 6-foot-3, 310-pounder was a three-year starter for Lincoln Southeast and a two-time World-Herald All-Nebraska selection. Foster is among a solid bunch of offensive linemen planning to sign with NU next week, and is listed as a four-star prospect by both and

Foster is playing basketball this winter for the Knights and then will go through one more season of track. His goal is to throw the shot put 60 feet.

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