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Texas offers elite 2018 ATH BJ Foster

A hometown connection could help the Longhorns with the nation's top safety prospect, according to 247Sports.

BJ Foster
BJ Foster
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One of the top prospects in the entire 2018 class now has an offer from the Texas Longhorns, as head coach Charlie Strong officially added Angleton athlete BJ Foster to his program's recruiting radar on Wednesday evening:

Fellow Angleton product and former Texas star Quandre Diggs was quick to put in a word for the Longhorns, tweeting "cmon home man and quit playing!"

The connection could certainly provide some benefit with Foster, a 6'1, 188-pounder who could play safety or running at the next level and is the No. 8 prospect nationally, the No. 1 safety, and the No. 1 player in the state of Texas, according to the early 247Sports rankings.

Foster already holds more than 10 offers, including Arizona State, Baylor, Houston, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, SMU, TCU, Tennessee, and Texas A&M. The Bears received a visit from the versatile athlete in the middle of March and hold the only prediction in Foster's 247Sports Crystal Ball. However, it seems much too early to suggest that head coach Art Briles' program holds any type of command position, especially because Foster will likely hold 25 offers or more by the end of the spring evaluation period.

A first-team All-District selection at both running back and safety as a sophomore, Foster recorded two interceptions at safety to go along with 1,032 rushing yards and 16 touchdowns, as well as 220 receiving yards and two touchdowns. At the Houston The Opening regional camp, Foster ran a 4.65 40-yard dash, a 4.36 shuttle, and posted a 33.6-inch vertical leap. Expect all of those numbers to improve next year as he matures physically.

In terms of Foster's build, he looks and runs more like a safety than he looks and runs like a running back, in part because of his height, but there were also some evaluators who felt the same way about Kirk Johnson coming out of high school. However, Foster's upside is higher at safety and that will likely result in a full-time move to defense in college, though schools will surely offer him the opportunity to start out on offense if that's what he wants. Though he could be a good college running back, he could be an elite college safety.