For about an hour, Texas A&M looked like it was going to lose one of its quarterbacks. James Foster, a former four-star recruit for the Aggies, reportedly entered the transfer portal for a brief period today.
Foster joined the Aggies in the 2018 class. 247Sports ranked him as the No. 271 overall player and No. 12 dual-threat quarterback in the country.
After redshirting last season, Foster is now in a group of players below locked-in starter Kellen Mond, a junior, on the depth chart. He got his first action of his college career in A&M's 62-3 win over Lamar earlier this season.
Foster was the third quarterback to enter the game, after Mond helped the Aggies run out to a huge lead, and true freshman Zach Calzada got four drives. He was 2-of-5 for 25 yards, and ran twice for 17 yards, leading Jimbo Fisher's team to a touchdown on its final drive.
College football transfers have exploded in recent years, especially with the recent advent of the "transfer portal," which opens things up for players. Because very few, if any, programs successfully run systems with multiple quarterbacks, that position is one that sees a particularly high number of moves.
According to Rivals' Mark Passwaters, Foster was in the portal for "about an hour" earlier today.
Fisher has another year of Mond after this, Calzado who appears to be the de facto No. 2 after him, and 2020 five-star Haynes King waiting in the wings.
It may become clear to James Foster down the road that winning a starting job will be very tough while in College Station, but for now he is thinking better of the move.