The Southland Conference loves running back and defensive back Gabe Foster.

Northwestern State became the fourth Southland team to reach out to Newton's two-way standout with a college football scholarship opportunity Monday. Foster (6-3, 180), a rising senior, announced the offer through his personal Twitter account.

The Demons join conference rivals McNeese State, Sam Houston State and Stephen F. Austin in the current contest for Foster's services.

It's easy to see why the four schools want him. He helped Newton reach the Class 3A Division II state championship game with 91 carries for 586 yards and 14 touchdowns in addition to 66 tackles and an interception on the defensive side.

Newton has a few holes to fill after losing Texas A&M defensive back signee Roney Elam and a handful of other successful athletes, but the 2015 team will return a second player receiving college interest. Tanner Holmes has an invitation to join McNeese State as a linebacker.

Northwestern State, located in Natchitoches, La.,  finished its 2014 season with a 6-6 record overall. It enjoyed a one-win improvement within conference play under second-year head coach Jay Thomas.

The Demons are another team that loves to schedule FBS competition. If Foster signs with the program, he will encounter Baylor as a true freshman in 2016.

Foster, like all rising senior football players, will become eligible to sign with any program that offers him on Feb. 3.