MONTGOMERY, Ala. – James Foster has remained calm and cool in the face of all-out blitzes college coaches have been putting on him.
Florida State assistants, Ed Orgeron and some of his LSU assistants and new Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher and assistant Dameyune Craig all visited the dual-threat quarterback this week.
“It’s crazy,” Foster said.
Having already visited Alabama, LSU and Texas A&M, Foster will take his final official visit this weekend, to FSU. Within six months, Foster has gone from being a three-star Missouri commitment to having four high-profile football programs coming after him, with one being national champion Alabama.
Now, that’s crazy.
Of the four schools, Alabama is the least likely he’ll choose. LSU probably is at the top of his list. LSU’s offer led Foster to decommitting from Missouri, but he could easily wind up at FSU or A&M.
The how and why this is happening for Foster (6 feet 3, 210 pounds), now a consensus four-star prospect from Montgomery (Ala.) Lanier, is rather easy to figure out.
Their guy. FSU and A&M have new coaches. I’m sure both schools want to start fresh with someone the new coaches recruited. This is working in Foster’s favor.
Early signing period. The first year of signing players in December has created a situation in which coaches can really focus on late needs. This has made Foster an even more valued recruit.
Neither Florida State, Alabama, LSU or Texas A&M signed a player listed as a quarterback early. Schools tend to want at least one quarterback in every recruiting class.
Talent and upside. Foster threw for 2,912 yards and 31 touchdowns (with only three interceptions) and ran for 503 yards and 11 scores in 2017. He doesn’t rely on his legs to make every play. Lanier coach Marvin Cunningham and his staff coached Foster to “think the game,” which is why can read coverages and made calls and checks.
With that foundation, college coaches can see Foster developing, improving and becoming a star.
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