The secondary was one of the biggest issues for the Syracuse University football team last year, and it’s been one of the key focuses of the new Orange coaching staff. Today, the defensive back positions got bolstered a little more with the commitment of Evan Foster. The 3-star safety is the second safety added in the last week, following Devon Clarke’s commitment last Sunday.
Foster is a 6-foot-2, 195 pound safety from West Bloomfield, Michigan, and is one of the first players Dino Babers and his staff targeted once they left Bowling Green. Foster had previously been a Bowling Green commitment, but backed off of his pledge shortly after Babers left for upstate New York.
Along with Syracuse and Bowling Green, Foster also holds offers from Purdue, Toledo, and Eastern Michigan, and this past week started getting significant interest from Iowa. He brings terrific size and athleticism to the secondary, and along with Clarke already provides a tremendous upgrade just in terms of height and length at the safety position from a year ago.
With an approximate 40 time of 4.5 seconds, Foster brings good speed along with his physical nature, which helped him play both safety and linebacker in high school. Foster recently told Syracuse.com that his “skill set and experience playing zone coverage would benefit him in transitioning to the Tampa-2 scheme that SU will run under defensive coordinator Brian Ward.”
Foster becomes the fourth defensive back commit in the class of 2016, joining Scoop Bradshaw (who could play either safety or cornerback), Carl Jones (cornerback), and Clarke.