After taking in the Army All American junior combine in San Antonio last month, Southlake Carroll junior Cade Foster feels comfortable heading into his recruitment with where his abilities stand amongst the nation's best.
After taking in the Tigers' junior day on Jan. 31, Foster returned to Southlake with an even better feeling.
"My LSU trip was amazing," Foster said. "It really blew me away, especially the football complex. It was all just really nice. I had taken in Oklahoma for junior day as well, and I have a lot of respect for their program, but LSU was just a level above."
Even better than the sights, of course, was the conversation that Foster had with a pair of Tiger coaches.
"Coach [Joe] Robinson and coach [Les] Miles talked to me for quite a while," he said. "They sat me down after lunch and said that they were really interested in me.
"They said that they were looking for a kicker and I was their top guy," added Foster. "They said that Josh [Jasper] would be a senior when I came in, and I could compete against him for the starting spot. They were honest with me and said that they wouldn't expect me to beat him out, but that I could then redshirt and start four years. For me, that is the perfect situation."
After the sit down, Foster feels that he has forged a bond with the Tiger staff that other schools have been unable to match.
"I just felt a great connection, from the coaches to the campus," he said. "LSU was always at the top of my list of schools, but this moved them to the very top. LSU almost felt like a home to me. We talked a lot about Colt [David] and being a Dallas-Fort Worth recruit, so it just felt right. And then there is the stadium and the 97,000 fans to add to all of it, so it was a great feeling."
On Wednesday though, Foster's recruitment kicked into another gear.
"I had a note to call Alabama, so I talked with the secretary over there and she put me through to coach [Nick] Saban," he said. "Coach just let me know that they were after a kicker and he thought that I was the best in the class. It felt pretty good, so I hope that the ball keeps rolling for me with some more offers."
While the offer from the Tide is Foster's first, heavy interest is coming from the Tigers as well as Florida, Ole Miss, Nebraska, Missouri and Oklahoma. Of course, Foster is quick to note where his preference lies.
"I definitely want to go into the SEC," he said. "I have a couple of schools interested in me, so that would be a great fit. The Big 12 is also up there, but the SEC is really where I would love to end up. I will get to see some more schools at spring games and camps, but right now LSU is right at the top."
Foster hit on six of nine field goal attempts last season, converting on all of his attempts from under 50 yards.