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Top Center in the Portal Chooses the Kansas Jayhawks


Bryce Foster will be the center of the Kansas Jayhawks
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The Kansas Jayhawks acquired a key player in the transfer portal to help bolster their offensive line. Center Bryce Foster announced he is headed to Lawrence. Foster made the official commitment on Saturday, June 15, and will report to Kansas facilities shortly.




Foster was the top-rated center in the transfer portal and will provide an immediate impact for the Jayhawks. He has two years of eligibility remaining after redshirting in 2022.


About Bryce Foster

Coming out of high school in Katy, TX, Foster was a five-star recruit. He began his collegiate career at Texas A&M. As a first-year starter in 2021, he earned Freshman All-America and Southeastern Conference All-Freshman team honors.



His 2022 season was cut short due to injury, and he played in only four games. Nevertheless, he earned team honors. At the Aggies' banquet, he received the "Offensive Most Explosive Award." In 2023, Foster started all 12 games at center.


On Apr. 18, Foster entered the transfer portal with two years of remaining eligibility. He received offers from multiple Power 4 FBS programs, including Auburn, Oregon and Colorado.



The Kansas Jayhawks pursued Foster as a multi-sport athlete. He is an elite track and field performer—one of the best shot-putters in Texas A&M history. He will continue to perform in both sports at Kansas as confirmed by JayhawkSlant.com.



On the gridiron, Foster's stout frame, run-game prowess, big, physical play and overall technical abilities make him a perfect fit for the Jayhawks, who look to have one of the best backfields in the country this upcoming season. Indeed, Kansas running back Devin Neal is rated by ESPN as one of the ten best RBs in the country.


Key Acquisition for the Kansas Jayhawks

Picking up Foster helps offset the impact of significant departures. The Jayhawks lost quite a few major pieces along the offensive line going into 2024, with Dominick Puni and Mike Novitsky departing for the NFL and Armaj Reed-Adams transferring to Texas A&M. Novitsky was a three-year starter for KU at the center position. Hence, the acquisition of Foster helps ease the pain of his loss.



In addition to Foster, the Jayhawks have added other offensive linemen through the transfer portal, including  Amir Herring, Shane Bumgardner and Darrell Simmons Jr. Herring was a four-star recruit who redshirted last year at Michigan. Bumgardnder was honored as the top center in Division II before transferring to KU. Simmons is a redshirt senior who transferred from Iowa State.


Returning KU offensive linemen include senior guard Michael Ford Jr. who has started for three years, redshirt freshman Calvin Clements who is projected to start at left tackle and senior Bryce Cabeldue, the Jayhawks' returning starter at right tackle.



Thus, despite the departures along the offensive line, Kansas has ample experience and depth up front. Foster, with extensive experience starting in the SEC, enhances the strength of an already impressive offensive line room. In the words of the great Bob Davis of Jayhawks radio, "The Hawks are cooking."



The Jayhawks went 9-4 last year and look to build upon that success under the stewardship of coach Lance Leipold. Foster figures to play a key role in that effort.


You can find more Kansas Jayhawks football news, transfer and recruiting news and other Big 12 Conference headlines here at College Football Dawgs.





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Looks like the Jayhawks still have a strong offensive line, even after losing a couple of their big guys to the NFL!

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