COLUMBIA, Mo. – Missouri picked up a key piece for its 2018 recruiting class Wednesday when quarterback James Foster announced his commitment to the Tigers.

Foster, a three-star prospect from Sidney Lanier High School in Montgomery, Ala., becomes the lone high school player pledged to MU for 2018.

Foster announced his decision on Twitter.

"I'm going to coaches that can develop me for the next level," Foster said during a phone interview.

The 6-foot-3, 210-pound Foster is ranked as the nation’s ninth-best dual-threat quarterback in the 2018 class by ESPN. He’s ranked 12th by Rivals.com and 22nd by 247Sports.com. Scout.com ranks him as the 48th-best quarterback overall in his class.

Foster ranks 263rd on ESPN’s Junior 300 list for all players.

"I'm a quarterback who can do it all," Foster said. "I can run, and I can throw it. I prefer to throw it."

Foster previously committed to North Carolina in November 2015 before reopening his recruitment three months ago.

Foster had numerous Power 5 offers, and he recently told the Georgia Rivals.com affiliate that his top five consisted of Missouri, Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina and Tennessee.

If Foster signs and the Missouri quarterbacks currently on the roster all return for 2018, it would give the Tigers five scholarship quarterbacks in 2018: Drew Lock, Jack Lowary, Micah Wilson, Taylor Powell and Foster. Each player is a year apart.
Foster’s pledge marks a contrast with how Missouri picked up its past few quarterbacks.

Powell flipped his commitment from Arkansas to Missouri nine days before national signing day. A year before that, Wilson flipped from Boise State to Missouri 13 days before national signing day. Lowary, a junior college transfer, was added to the 2016 signing class, which included Wilson, in February, after national signing day.

You have to go back to Lock for the last time a quarterback committed to MU much in advance of signing day. Like Foster, Lock committed to the Tigers in April of his junior year of high school.

Foster joins wide receiver Harry Ballard as pledges in MU’s 2018 class. Ballard signed with Missouri out of high school as part of its 2016 class but detoured to Johnson County Junior College in Mississippi.