Foster Moreau committed to LSU on Christmas Eve.
Christmas came about six weeks later — Wednesday morning to be exact.
For the Jesuit tight end, it was right on time, ending what he admitted was a “terribly stressful” process.
Moreau announced his commitment to LSU on Dec. 24, then had to play the waiting game to see whether there would be a scholarship available.
“It was disappointing,” he said. “It was kind of shaky, but I knew it would all work itself out.”
At least he hoped he would.
He went to sleep Tuesday night not knowing for sure. He apparently wasn’t too worried. Earlier that night, he put together a monster game against Shaw in basketball, his second-best sport — 17 points, 17 rebounds six blocked shots.
Plus he had options, with an offer from Tulane or a chance to play at Air Force in the bag.
“I just went to bed with the thought in mind that everything would work out,” Moreau said.
He got the news around 9 a.m., about an hour or so after LSU already had landed some of its more coveted recruits, like Riverdale’s Donte Jackson.
LSU had a scholarship offer for him. He could be a Tiger and not have to grayshirt and count toward next year’s signing class.
“I’ve dreamed about going to LSU my whole life, so it was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up,” Moreau said shortly after signing his paperwork and making it official. “It was terribly stressful. But then it came down to me having a bunch of great opportunities from a bunch of great places. It worked itself out, so it shouldn’t have been stressful.”
The tough part, he admitted, was calling the Tulane coaching staff to tell them he would be heading to Baton Rouge.
“It was tough; a tough decision,” Moreau said. “For Tulane to hold that scholarship for me all the way up to signing day really speaks volumes to the type of program it is, and it was hard to turn down.”
Perhaps making it even tougher was that his mother, Tricia (Hotard) Moreau, was a former volleyball player for the Green Wave. She’ll now have to go to Death Valley to cheer for her son.
“I’ll have a little ‘Roll Wave’ in me and the green and blue is in my system, but I think I can pull out some purple and gold,” she said with a laugh.
Like Moreau, she was able to breathe a sigh of relief that the recruiting process finally ended.
“When it came through, it was everything that we wanted,” she said.
Foster’s dad, Lyle, agreed.
“LSU let us know they were working on it and they’d love to have him and they just had to figure out how to get you here,” he said. “And they figured it out.”
The Tigers are getting a tight end who caught 34 passes for 454 yards and six touchdowns as a senior. He helped Jesuit win a state title for the first time since 1960, a year after Billy Cannon’s famous punt return.
News of Moreau’s signing didn’t get as many retweets on Twitter as guys like Jackson, Warren Easton receiver Tyron Johnson and some of the more high-profile players in the class. But perhaps it should have.
Just ask anyone who saw his spectacular one-handed catch during the season. Or just ask legendary high school coach J.T. Curtis, who faced Moreau in the state championship game.
“We thought as a staff going into the game that he was an excellent player,” Curtis said. “By the time the game was over, we thought he exceeded that. He was a much more physical blocker than we thought originally. His athletic skills in catching the ball and running routes was obvious on the film we had. Every year you get that sneak guy that comes in and everybody says, ‘Wow.’ I think he will be one of those guys.”
Merry Christmas, Tigers fans.
And Merry Christmas, Foster.