NEW ORLEANS — It has been the spring of Joe Foucha at McDonogh 35 High School.
The Class of 2018 safety has made an impressive transition into one of the most sought-after safeties in his class and in the state, making tremendous strides as a former basketball player to a major defensive back prospect.
But while the 6-foot, 190-pound New Orleans safety’s future begins to line up, it may be another arena in which he ultimately shines.
“I want to major in drama,” Foucha told SEC Country at the McDonogh 35 High School (New Orleans) spring game on Tuesday.
“I’ve been watching movies my whole life, listening to The Temptations and singing, and I’ve always been a good character in acting. I’m getting into it next year. I’ve been trying to get into it, but now I am. I was nervous, but I finally went to the teacher about it.”
Maybe Foucha can add dancing to his repertoire too, because it’s his footwork — not his acting — that has drawn a host of colleges to his high school this spring.
Auburn, Arizona, SMU and Texas A&M are among the schools to extend the New Orleans native this spring, joining a race that Mississippi State and Memphis began in June.
“I’ve been waiting on this since I was small,” Foucha said. “I’ve been grinding. Last year when I was playing, not a lot of coaches were coming by. Now my play is more improved and it’s making me want to be better.”
Foucha named Arizona as a school that has stood out to him during the spring, but he has ties to a pair of SEC West schools as well.
Auburn jumpstarted the wild spring as the second SEC power to offer.
Foucha grew up as a fan of Auburn; after all, he began his football career behind center, idolizing Cam Newton and hoping to one day follow in his footsteps.
The safety is getting courted to play at another position, but still maintains the same sort of attraction to the Tigers.
“That was kind of big to me,” Foucha said of the Auburn offer. “I’ve been watching them since Cam Newton played for them. I used to play quarterback, so they were kind of my favorite school. I’m an athlete, so now I’m willing to play whatever position they want me to.”
As a defensive back from The Boot, Foucha was naturally attracted to LSU as well.
Adding more fuel to the fire, area recruiter Jabbar Juluke grew up with Foucha’s mother and has made several stops at McDonogh 35 this spring.
That longstanding relationship with LSU’s running backs coach has put the Tigers in a unique light as Foucha works toward earning an offer from the in-state power.
“I like LSU. That’s The Boot,” Foucha said. “It (my relationship with Juluke) is very important. He doesn’t press me on anything. He treats me like family. He lets me make my own decisions.”
Foucha plans on attending some of LSU’s high school prospect camps this summer and finally pulling in an offer.
The budding safety already has a host of other attractive options — and is keeping everything in perspective — but admitted his recruitment could go in another direction if and when a certain offer come in.
“It depends on if I like them,” Foucha said of the in-state Tigers. “It depends, but I’m open to it. If I keep doing my thing, I’ll be going to a camp, and if everything is looking good I should have an offer. I got to show I’ve improved and I’m way better than I was last year. I’m bigger, stronger and faster, but I still have a lot to learn.”
“Everybody asks me questions about LSU,” he added, “but for now, I don’t say nothing. But hey. …”
Sam Spiegelman covers LSU football recruiting for SECCountry.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on who’s on their way to play in Tigers Stadium.