UP CLOSE WITH 2018 NO. 1 ATHLETE B.J. FOSTER

Along with his head coach at Angleton, 4-star athlete B.J. Foster spoke with HD about how he's handled a swarm of recruiting attention, the position he plans to play in college and what makes him tick. Foster will attend Texas' Junior Day on February 25th.

Foster is Scout's No. 14 overall prospect in 2018 and the nation's No. 1 athlete as well as the No. 1 recruit in Texas for 2018.

The 6-2, 180-pound  Angleton (Texas) product, who is still recovering from a knee injury (ACL), said he absolutely plans to play safety in college. Foster’s final five are: LSU, Michigan, Ohio State, TCU and Texas (random order).


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B.J. Foster took a different path than usual towards football stardom.

 

“I never even thought about playing football growing up," Foster said. "I always wanted to be a cowboy and rope. I grew out of it (roping). I began to take football more serious. I started to love it. It took up most of my time.”



B.J. continued, “My parents, they never let me play in my age group, because they knew I would get better if I played against the older kids. I played up in age group. It made me more serious. I had to improve my skills. I started training in the summer and working out more all the time.”  



As far as other athletic interests, Foster said, “I used to play basketball. I was pretty good. I still would be playing if not for football. Football separated from basketball two years ago. It became more important. I love football.”



When asked who molded him into the man he is today, B.J. told HD, “My parents and my whole family. My uncles and cousins. They told me I could get us out of this. To keep pushing myself and it will be alright.”



As far as unique talents, Foster said, “I’m pretty good at shooting a bow. My dad and brothers, they all hunt. I looked up to my dad and his brothers. But I was never strong enough to do it. I wanted to get stronger so I could do it and now I can.”



“Roping and shooting with a bow helped me with hand eye coordination and being able to judge the ball in basketball helped in football.”



B.J. told HD some of his other favorite activities included playing Madden with friends, playing basketball, listening to music (to unwind) and attending rodeos with friends.



When asked what his friends would say about him, B.J. said, “I’m always laughing and fun to be around.”



Angleton coach Ryan Roark said he thinks Foster is "very interested" in Texas but is taking his time.

 

Roark said a lot of schools are in frequent contact with B.J. but there are five or six teams in the running and B.J. is “very interested in UT. He’s taking his time and really evaluating each school, where he can fit in best. What scheme is the best fit.”



Roark said, “B.J. is 100 percent a defensive guy. This kid wants to be a safety. Wherever he signs, he’ll be a safety."



Roark said B.J. is talented enough to play several positions in college.

 

“He could be a Division One receiver, running back, linebacker or corner. If he can stay healthy, he can play in college and in the NFL," Roark said. “I feel like it's a good relationship between B.J. and the UT staff.”

Roark told HD, “He gets along with his teammates very well. He’s not a loudmouth. He’s a silent assassin. His game plays loud.”



Roark said despite all the recruiting attention, Foster remains very coachable.

“He’s really coachable, which is the highest compliment you can give a player. Not a rah-rah guy. He’s very business like and watches a lot of video. Spends a lot of time with the defensive coordinator.”



On Foster’s personality, Roark said, “He’s a good kid. Not very outgoing. He’s a funny guy who gets along with everyone. He loves clowning around.” On the field, Roark said Foster “brings that hard hat and lunch pail approach.”

Roark said Foster has taken a mature approach to all the recruiting attention he's getting.

“It’s difficult when the entire world, the coaches in recruiting, the media, are telling you how great you are," Roark said. "He’s quiet. Not going around thumping his chest. That helps him play at a high level. He keeps his humility and stays humble. That’s one of the reasons the college coaches like him.”



Roark is excited to see what B.J. can do when he plays an entire season. B.J. dealt with injuries during his sophomore and junior campaigns, missing multiple games both seasons. B.J. told me he wasn’t overly worried about his ACL injury.



Roark said B.J. has grown up a lot as a person and a player.

"It takes a village. That’s the case for all of our athletes," Roark said. "With B.J., sometimes it’s been a lot of encouragement, prodding and tough love. Getting him where he needs to be.

“Everyone helps with that. The teachers, counselors and administrators. We want to give him the best opportunity to be as successful as he can be.”

 

 

 

 

 

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