B.J. Foster, a 4-star athlete who excels at both running back and safety, made his commitment to the University of Texas Monday.
He announced his decision on his personal Twitter account:
Foster, who attended Angleton High School in Texas, is considered Scout.com's No. 19 player overall in the Class of 2018. Standing 6'2" and weighing 180 pounds, he has the ability to make a major impact on either side of the ball, as Greg Powers of Scout wrote:
"Foster is a force on both sides of the football and he could be an explosive offensive weapon or a dominating defensive presence once he arrives in the college scene. As an offensive player he is able to gash defenses as a running back and cash in long plays. He has great top end speed. His most upside could very well be on the defensive side of the football. He has great height as a defensive back and is rangy. His frame will fill out in time and he could be a tremendous deep safety, but he also has the ability to lock down receivers with his one-on-one coverage skills."
Foster offered his own scouting report, at least on the defensive side of the ball.
"I’m the more aggressive type of safety, but I know how to control myself," he told Ryan Green of GridironNow.com. "I know how to stay disciplined in my calls and what I’m supposed to be doing on defense and where I’m supposed to be on the field."
Staying on the field in 2016 was difficult for Foster, who missed a chunk of the season due to an MCL injury. Nonetheless, he still rushed for 573 yards and seven touchdowns, per MaxPreps.com, adding nine more receptions for 93 yards and two scores on the offensive side of the ball.
Defensively, he not only clobbers ball-carriers, he also has the range to play deep over the top. His versatility on the defensive side of the ball is impressive and is the main reason his upside seems to be highest at safety.
Regardless of what position he ultimately ends up playing, Texas secured a player who has the ability to be a game-changer at the next level.
After putting together just the No. 28 recruiting group in the Class of 2017, per Scout.com, Texas and head coach Tom Herman are off to an excellent start on the 2018 class. Players like Foster should help Herman turn the program around after the Longhorns went just 16-21 in Charlie Strong's three seasons at the helm.
Even if Foster doesn't make an immediate impact, his addition is a step in the right direction for a Texas program looking to return to prominence.