East Texas 25: No. 7 Josh Foster, ATH, Newton
With his senior season of football inching closer, Newton’s Josh Foster just about has his mind up regarding where he wants to play college football.
“My mind’s pretty much made up,” Foster said. “I’m just talking about it with my family right now and making sure.”
Foster (6-0, 165), who has more than a dozen Division I FBS scholarship offers to his name, said he plans on committing either before or in the early part of this season.
The Newton ATH checks in at No. 7 on ETSN.fm’s East Texas 25, a list of the area’s top recruits in the 2019 class.
So far, Foster has made official visits to Arkansas and Utah, and unofficial stops at Baylor, Houston, and TCU.
“I’m enjoying it,” Foster said of the recruiting process. “I like all the attention from everyone but at first it was a little overwhelming. But it’s kinda died down some so it’s good.”
Foster played mostly quarterback last season for Newton (15-0), which cruised to the Class 3A Division II state championship. He finished his junior year with 1,977 passing yards and 30 touchdowns.
But Foster is most likely going to play defensive back at the next level, a position he got accustomed to as a sophomore.
He admits the time he’s spent at quarterback should only improve his play on the defensive side of the ball.
“It helps me to know how the quarterback thinks and how they adjust to the defense,” Foster said. “So just knowing that will help me to be able to make even more plays as a DB.”
Foster has been able to share his recruiting experience with multiple teammates. Currently, Newton has five players who have at least one FBS offer — four in the 2019 class.
“It’s nice because we all work out together all the time so it’s good to see that it’s paying off for all of us,” Foster said.
With the bulk of 2017’s impact players returning, Newton will enter this season as the odds-on favorite to repeat as state champs.
A challenge Foster says he and his high-profile teammates are up for.
“We know we’re gonna get everyone’s best game so that’s why we’re working even harder than last year,” he said. “And knowing that we have a lot of players with D1 offers is motivation because now we’re expected to do great things, and that’s what we’re gonna do.”
East Texas 25 Class of 2019
- No. 25 DeKendrick Bender, Marshall, WR, 6-2, 185
- No. 24 Jawan King, Atlanta, RB, 5-10, 213
- No. 23 Eric Gipson, Jefferson, OLB/S, 6-1, 195
- No. 22 T.K. Hamilton, Waskom, ATH, 5-10, 166
- No. 21 Caiden Walker, Newton, OL, 6-5, 285
- No. 20 Tahj Washington, Marshall, WR, 5-11, 165
- No. 19 Robbie Williams, Chapel Hill, WR, 6-3, 195
- No. 18 Breylon Garcia, Lufkin, DE, 6-4, 215
- No. 17 Chance Billington, John Tyler, OL, 6-3, 300
- No. 16 Keivie Rose, Henderson, DE, 6-3, 240
- No. 15 Deshawn McCuin, Jacksonville, DB, 5-11, 180
- No. 14 Cameron Cantrell, Whitehouse, WR, 6-1, 180
- No. 13 Javasia Brunson, Lufkin, DE, 6-3, 235
- No. 12 Marcus Williams, Longview, OL, 6-5, 285
- No. 11 Coltin Clack, Texas High, QB, 6-3, 220
- No. 10 Keshon Williams, Pine Tree, ATH, 6-4, 230
- No. 9 Ke'Andre Street, John Tyler, WR, 6-3, 200
- No. 8 Blake Trainor, Hallsville, OL, 6-7, 300