One can easily imagine former Texas Longhorns safety Quandre Diggs watching highlights of the nation’s No. 1 safety, BJ Foster, a fellow Angleton product.
There’s smiling. Nodding. Perhaps even a few chuckles.
Most importantly, the acknowledgement that the young pup has got that dog in him.
Diggs has it in spades.
He was vocal criticizing teammates for not having it.
And now Foster will bring that attitude to the Texas Longhorns, in part because of the influence that Diggs has had on him during the recruiting process.
Pull up Foster’s Twitter page, @no_fear2, and there is the face of Diggs across the cover image.
So it was hardly a surprise on Monday when Foster officially became a member of the rapidly expanding Longhorns recruiting class.
Ranked as the state’s No. 2 prospect, Foster is a 6’1, 188-pounder who also sits at No. 16 nationally, according to the 247Sports Composite ranking, making him a consensus five-star prospect and one of the best players in the country.
Foster achieved that ranking despite missing most of his junior season due to injury, so there’s a reasonable chance that he could regain the top ranking in Texas with a strong senior season.
As a two-way standout, Foster drew some interest as a running back when he burst onto the scene as a sophomore by averaging 10 yards per carry and scoring 16 touchdowns on the ground.
But his highest upside is at safety, where he can still take advantage of those skills with the ball in his hands when he intercepts passes, because of that dawg in him.
Put on those highlights for yourself and it becomes apparent that Foster has the physicality necessary to make opponents pay for coming over the middle.
With verified 4.52 speed in the 40-yard dash and strong enough agility to post a 4.27 shuttle time, Foster has all the necessary range in pass coverage, in addition to remarkable closing ability on the football when running the alley to track down ball carriers.
To put it simply, Foster has all of the physical tools necessary to succeed at the next level — he’s the No. 1 safety in the country for good reason.
When paired with another former No. 1 safety in Brandon Jones and fellow 2018 standout Caden Sterns, a hard hitter and complete safety, Foster has a chance to accomplish something at Texas that Diggs never did — bringing the DBU mantle back to Austin.