Jared Foster had a breakout senior campaign, finishing as one of the state’s top 10 passers with a 2,348-yard, 23-touchdown season. LSU, which had brought Foster in for a summer workout last July, took notice.
“I worked out for coach (Gary) Crowton last summer and he really liked me,” said Foster. “He told me they were tight on scholarships but wanted to recruit me anyways. He felt like in the end things might work out for me and I could find a way into the program.”
Foster, the District 3-5A Offensive MVP, continued to speak with Crowton throughout his senior season. When Crowton took the offensive coordinator job at Maryland, the Tigers continued their pursuit.
This past weekend, Foster and his parents were brought in for an official visit.
“We had a lot of fun getting to know the coaches and touring the campus,” he said. “We got there on Friday and left Sunday around lunch. We learned a lot about what my situation would be. Now we just have find out a little more and then talk it all over.”
Foster has been offered a spot as a preferred walk-on, meaning he would not be a member of this year’s signing class but would be able to join the team with the rest of the class this summer.
After meeting with Les Miles and new offensive coordinator Steve Kragthorpe, Foster says the opportunity is weighing heavy on his mind.
“We talked a lot about the impact I could make, and both of them feel like I could come in and start getting reps and competing next season,” he said. “They also like my athleticism. They have (Zach) Mettenberger, who is signed, and (Stephen) Rivers, but they don’t have that athletic guy like (Jordan) Jefferson that can both pass and run the zone read-type plays. They took them because they are really good quarterbacks, but what they lack is mobility.”
Foster has been offered the same situation at Louisiana Tech, a school he felt was close to offering earlier this month.
“It was a situation where I went up there and then the next day they had a quarterback from California commit to them,” he said. “They still want me to come in and compete against him though. We’re similar passers, but he might be a little faster than me.”
McNeese State, the hometown school, has a two-sided offer: a scholarship to play football and a spot on the baseball team.
On Monday, Foster and his family will speak with the LSU staff once more before he comes to a decision.
“We are going to talk with coach Miles and figure out the numbers and what it would take for me to start school in the summer,” he said. “I have TOPS but it won’t cover all of it. We are going to find out what I would have to do.”
As for his decision, the 6-foot-1, 185-pounder said the chance to suit up in Death Valley is one that will be tough to pass up.
“It’s SEC football, and they have the elite guys,” he said. “What fuels me is that people say I am undersized and not tall enough. I want to play with legit players in a big conference to prove them wrong. It’s also only a couple of hours away, so it has the home feel to it.”
Foster hopes to have his decision made before Wednesday.