Who is James Foster? 5 things to know about the Texas A&M freshman QB
Texas A&M will go with sophomore Kellen Mond as the starting quarterback, but freshman James Foster could see some playing time Thursday against Northwestern State. It’s unclear how coaches, including Texas A&M’s Jimbo Fisher, will handle the new redshirt rule allowing players to play in up to four games without using a year of eligibility. Some coaches might use their redshirt candidates only in cupcake games (such as Northwestern State). Others might keep them out of action and wait until an injury situation occurs. Some might just wait until the final four games.
If Fisher goes the cupcake route, Foster could see playing time Thursday night.
Here are five things to know about Foster:
1. He was recruited by Jimbo Fisher’s staff
Florida State, Fisher’s former school, and Texas A&M don’t always go head-to-head for every recruit, but as prominent Power 5 programs in the Southeast, the Seminoles and Aggies do go after some of the same players. Interestingly enough, Mond (class of 2017) and fellow Aggies QB Nick Starkel did not receive scholarship offers from Fisher’s FSU staff. While no one is saying there is a quarterback controversy in College Station, Foster is someone to keep an eye on being a quarterback recruited by Fisher to run the coach’s offensive scheme.
2. Other SEC West schools were in the running
Foster decommitted from Missouri in October of 2017. After that, he kept his commitment close to the vest. He was a National Signing Day decision, remaining uncommitted until he signed with the Aggies. In addition to Texas A&M and FSU, Alabama and LSU were also among the finalists.
3. He’s a true dual-threat
Foster is a legitimate threat both passing and running the ball. As a senior, he threw for 2,912 yards and 31 touchdowns while rushing for 460 yards and 11 scores. On his Hudl account, Foster lists a 40-yard dash time of 4.54 seconds.
4. A key personality trait stood out to Fisher
In July, Fisher told the Montgomery Advertiser, Foster’s hometown paper, that the Lanier product stood out to him a competitor.
“I think his competitive nature stands out to me,” Fisher said of Foster. “He has great arm talent and physical talent, but I love his demeanor and work ethic as much as anything.”
5. He was recruited by an Auburn great
Former Auburn QB Dameyune Craig has been on Fisher’s staff at multiple schools and is currently the Aggies wide receivers coach. The close bond he formed with Foster (recruiting him for FSU and later Texas A&M) helped sway the quarterback prospect to College Station.