A little over seven months after being hired as the head coach of Texas, Tom Herman has landed one of the most important recruits left on the board in 2018. BJ Foster, the best safety in the country, committed to Texas moments ago, via his twitter account. The Longhorns were long thought of as being heavy favorites, though the final decision wasn’t truly made until recently. Foster visited Texas few weeks ago, along with Texas targets Jaqualyn Crawford, Brennan Eagles, and fellow commitment Ron Tatum. The general word around the program is that while Foster would’ve most likely been a Longhorn without that visit, it ultimately secured his pledge, and inspired the June 5th decision date.
— Thebjfoster (@nofear_2) June 5, 2017
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Foster is the highest ranked recruit of the Tom Herman era at Texas so far. He’s a 247sports composite 5-star, and the 16th best player in their composite rankings. Foster committed to Texas over a ton of other offers from pretty much every top-level school, including Ohio State, LSU, Michigan, TCU, Florida, Georgia, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, Penn State, Stanford, Tennessee, and Texas A&M, just to name a few.
Foster is the third defensive back in this class, along with Caden Sterns, and DeMarvion Overshown, and the 12th commitment overall. He’s the fourth commitment for Texas in the span of a little over a week, along with Overshown, Ayodele Adeoye and running back Keaontay Ingram. With this commitment locked up, Texas can narrow their recruiting view in the defensive backfield to just their top target, Anthony Cook. Right now, I have Cook pegged as a future Buckeye, so Texas certainly has some work to do in that recruitment. If they miss on Cook, Jalen Green may find his way into the class.
The addition of Foster is big for Texas, in terms of class rankings as well. He’s one of the top players in the country, and with this commitment, Texas’ recruiting class is now a consensus top five class, and easily the best in the Big 12.
One other thing to watch because of this commitment is DeMarvion Overshown. Not because he may look to leave the class, but because he may move to outside linebacker once he gets to Austin, which would allow Sterns and Foster to man the safety spots. With two linebacks already in the class, and a goal of three for the Texas staff, this may be the best possible outcome.
On the field, Foster brings a ton to Texas. He’s got good size for a safety, though his greatest asset isn’t his coverage, it’s his hitting ability. He’s got good range, and soft hands from playing both halfback and safety in high school, that allow him to make plays on the ball that most safeties can’t make. However, he hits like a linebacker. He flies to the ball, and should strike fear into running backs and wide receivers alike in the Big 12. He doesn’t have elite speed, so he may struggle if asked to cover slot receivers one on one at the next level, but he has the range, hands, and instinct to excel as a stellar run stopping zone safety, both in college and in the NFL. His ceiling comparison is Donte Whitner. That’s very good news for Texas fans.