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For such a brutally punishing offensive line talent, Bryce Foster is particularly eloquent when he speaks.
Both qualities are clearly illustrated when he talks about how he views himself as a player.
“I really see myself as an aggressive bulldozer - that’s what they called me when I was young - Bulldozer,” he said. “But I think that nickname is exactly like my play-style. I like just going after people and just driving them to the end of the earth, just into oblivion.
“My favorite part is probably pulling. I just like making those big hits and hearing everyone in the crowd just go 'Ooooh' - I just get chills and that’s what I live for.”
Foster is one of the state’s most exciting 2021 prospects and plays alongside another in Hayden Conner at Katy Taylor. Taylor has been the starting point for a number of A&M football players and is sending another the Aggies’ way in 2019 in Braedon Mowry.
That connection between programs is something Foster is keenly aware of.
“The Taylor pipeline goes to A&M,” he said. “The twelfth man, Cullen [Gilaspia] went to Taylor as well. I think that the biggest influencer from Taylor as far as players go would be Max [Wright]. My first year that I came to Katy Taylor, I was watching spring ball, he was the first guy to come up to me and meet me, shake my hand, and wanted to ask about me.
“He was really my mentor my freshman year and taught me a lot of leadership skills that I use now.”
As if the tradition of Mustangs-turned-Aggies wasn’t enough, Foster’s brother, Braden Meador, played football at A&M and his mother, Heidi Foster, attended there as well. The personal connections are huge when it comes to his feelings towards the program but his proximity to College Station also gives the Aggies a leg-up in their recruitment of him.
“It really does help that my mom and brother went there,” he said. “But also, it’s really close to home, it’s not too far and a lot of my family lives in Texas. So just for those reasons, it has to be up there on the priority list because I can visit there all the time.
“Mostly, when I first met Coach Jimbo Fisher, he left a really good first impression on me - and Coach [Jim] Turner. I heard about Coach Turner from my brother and he just said that he’s such a fun coach to be around.”
Those factors set the table a long time ago for the Aggies to be in a good spot after offering him. That was all before he started making his visits to Kyle Field this season. Foster has been in attendance for two A&M games this year: An overtime win against Kentucky, and the now famous seven-overtime thriller against LSU.
“That’s the loudest that I ever heard Kyle Field,” he said. “I heard the Clemson game was pretty loud, but you know it’s Kyle Field, you’re always going to expect that type of atmosphere. But going to seven overtimes and just screaming so much from the anticipation was just crazy - it was so much fun - so enjoyable to go to.”
Foster already holds 15 offers from power programs like Auburn, Georgia, Miami, Oklahoma and Texas. He recalled one visit to Nebraska that went particularly well ahead of the Huskers’ win against Illinois earlier this month.
Still, his most recent visit to Texas A&M couldn’t have come at a more memorable time. On Thanksgiving weekend in the final game of the regular season, Foster got a real taste of what his future could look like wearing the maroon and white.
“It’s just something about that atmosphere at Kyle Field that’s absolutely crazy,” he said. “I would love, one day, to be a part of that.”