Junior National Champion Jake Foster Gives Early Verbal To Texas

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One of the biggest names in the high school class of 2019, Jake Foster out of Ohio gave a verbal commitment to the three-time defending national champions Texas for the class of 2023. Foster is primarily a breaststroker and IM specialist out of the Mason Manta Rays in Ohio. But Foster is one of the most versatile swimmers in this class and will be a huge option for the Longhorns moving forward.

Foster is a 53.46/1:55.40 SCY breaststroker from this year’s Winter Juniors. He won’t be on campus in Austin until the fall of 2019, but he will fill the breaststroke hole that Texas has had since Will Licon exhausted his eligibility in 2017.

Foster, much like Licon, is also a solid IM’er posting 1:44.15/3:45.46 SCY IM times from the same Winter Juniors meet. He is also capable of sprint freestyle with 20.82/44.72 times in the 50 and 100 as well as a 1:35.14 200 free relay split. To add to his versatility, Foster swam a 1:46.88 in the 200 fly at Winter Juniors in December.

His long course times are just as good. He has breaststroke times of 1:02.38/2:14.34 and IM times of 2:02.88/4:19.40. His 400 IM help put him on the 2017-2018 National Junior Team.

By the time Foster gets to Austin, Austin KatzJohnthomas Larson and Sam Pomajevich will be in their junior seasons. The Texas team will look completely different but the Longhorns are already gaining a solid recruiting class in the fall of 2018 with Drew KiblerMatthew WillenbringAlexander ZettleDaniel Krueger and Jason Park. That class will be in their sophomore year when Foster is a freshman.

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