Five-star 2020 power forward Xavier Foster showed off strength inside during the first day of April's live period in Kansas City. Des Moines Register


And then there were two.

Oskaloosa big man Xavier Foster has notified Virginia Tech and Providence that he wants to stay in-state for college and will focus his recruitment moving forward on Iowa and Iowa State, his father, DaJuan Foster, told the Register on Thursday.

Foster, the athletic 7-footer who has been the Cyclones' and Hawkeyes' top 2020 target for just about three years, is set to announce his college decision Nov. 11 and sign with his school Nov. 13.

In August, he released a top five of Iowa State, Iowa, Baylor, Virginia Tech and Providence. Since then, he took official visits to all except Baylor, which eventually went in a different direction at Foster's position.

Foster was seen as Iowa's top 2020 prospect before he ever played a high school basketball game. Iowa offered in September of his freshman year, and Iowa State offered in October.

Over the course of his recruitment, Foster would add offers from USC, Texas A&M, Illinois, UCLA, Virginia Tech, Providence, Kansas, Baylor, Missouri, Rutgers and Creighton, and he received interest from Duke, Kentucky and North Carolina.

Iowa State currently has two 2020 recruits in Atlanta-area point guard Jaden Walker and Florida wing Dudley Blackwell. Iowa currently has four 2020 recruits in Chicago point guard Ahron Ulis, Indianapolis shooting guard Tony Perkins and twin Cedar Rapids wings Keegan and Kris Murray.

Matthew Bain covers recruiting, Iowa/Iowa State athletics and Drake basketball for the Des Moines Register and USA TODAY Network. Contact him at and follow him on Twitter @MatthewBain_.

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