HOUSTON, Texas — Five-star Texas Longhorns safety target BJ Foster was on hand for Saturday’s Nike The Opening Regionals in Houston, but unlike the nearly 300 other athletes in attendance, Foster was there as a spectator.
Still rehabbing an MCL injury he suffered during his junior season, Foster was one of the more popular recruits at the event among both players and reporters, as expected.
Foster also happens to be a considerably popular prospect on college coach’s big boards, especially for the Texas staff in Austin, as head coach Tom Herman hopes to keep the state’s elite talent within its borders moving forward.
“I like them very much,” Foster told Burnt Orange Nation of his thoughts on the new staff at Texas. “We’re talking and calling and all of that and getting to know each other.”
As part of those talks, Foster said the Longhorns staff has made it clear that the state’s top-ranked player is a priority, which is the case for the majority of programs seeking his services.
To that end, special teams coordinator and safeties coach Craig Naivar stopped by Angleton last month to see Foster and the elite, priority target will be in Austin later this month for the Feb. 25 Junior dDy. Foster said he’ll also visit LSU for the Tigers Junior Day on Feb. 18
Texas and LSU were both named in Foster’s top five, which also includes Michigan, Ohio State and TCU.
As expected, high-level programs will continue to actively pursue Foster as his recruitment heats up and ultimately winds down, which recently became the case with Oklahoma and Tennessee.
“I’m going to give them a chance,” Foster said of the programs jumping into his recruitment or now starting to make him a priority. “I give everybody an equal chance.”
Foster told BON he plans to announce his college decision during next year’s Under Armour All-America game.
At 6’1, 188 pounds, Foster ranks as the nation’s No. 13 player and the No. 1 safety, per the 247Sports Composite.