Arkansas coach Chad Morris and Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson consider each other to be family.
The two began developing a relationship when Watson was a high school freshman. From there, they built a bond that eventually led to Watson signing to play for Morris at Clemson when the new Hogs coach was the Tigers offensive coordinator. Though Morris only coached Watson for one season, they’ve maintained a close relationship.
Now Morris and the Razorbacks staff are hoping that relationship will pay off on the recruiting trail with quarterback target James Foster. A 4-star prospect from Lanier High School in Montgomery, Ala., Foster received an offer from Morris last week. He’s a big fan of Watson, who is featured on his Twitter profile as the background photo.
Morris and his recruiting staff played to that connection Monday, sending Foster a graphic of himself next to Watson. The graphic indicated Foster could be the next dual-threat quarterback to shine under Morris’ guidance.
— James Foster II (@YungSimba4) January 8, 2018
Foster (6-foot-3, 213 pounds) is the No. 14 dual-threat quarterback in the class. He lists his 40-yard dash time at 4.54 seconds on his Hudl profile. He rushed for 460 yards and 11 touchdowns as a senior. With his arm, he delivered 2,550 yards and 30 touchdowns with just 3 interceptions.
Foster committed to Missouri in April but denounced his pledge in late October. His most recent offers include Florida State, Nebraska and Texas A&M. He’s reportedly set to officially visit LSU this weekend when the recruiting quiet period ends and a contact period begins.
It is unknown whether Foster plans to visit Arkansas before National Signing Day next month. However, sources have indicated the interest between Arkansas and Foster is mutual.
Arkansas signed 4-star quarterback Connor Noland during the early signing period last month. The push to land Foster is a clear indication the Razorbacks are hoping to sign both a pro-style and dual-threat quarterback in the class.