June 19, 2011

Tide on top for 2013 star

Highly touted 2013 recruit, Reuben Foster has not visited the University of Alabama, but he can't wait to do so. The 6-foot-2 linebacker out of Troup High School in Lagrange, Ga. has the Crimson Tide on top early in the recruiting process.

"I don't really have a top list, but Alabama is number one." Foster said.

Foster said that despite his family not being Alabama fans, he has always pulled for the Crimson Tide.

"There is something about Alabama," Foster said.  "When I was younger I just grew up liking Alabama for some reason. Even during those bad years when they kept losing to Auburn I still liked them."

The soon to be junior in high school said he models his game after NFL linebacker Ray Lewis, as well as former Crimson Tide standout Rolando McClain. Foster said the UA coaches have told him that his physical style of play fits perfectly into their system.

Playing time is important to Foster, and he said it will play a big part in ultimately deciding where he goes to school.

"I'm going to focus on how many linebackers they recruit over the last few years," Foster said. "I want to know what kind of program they are. I want a better chance to come in as a freshman and start, or at least be able to be second string and rotate in."

One thing Alabama might have in its favor is Foster's close relationship to many of the UA players. The Georgia native said current Crimson Tide players are telling him that Alabama will provide him with excellent opportunity to excel.

"I got a lot of homeboys up there in Alabama," Foster said. "They tell me I should come up there and shine. They said it is going to be hard at first, but if you train hard in high school, that will determine if it is easy or not to get a starting position."

Foster will visit Tuscaloosa in July, and though he will visit other schools including in-state rival Auburn, he lists Alabama as his most anticipated stop.

"I will visit Auburn this summer, but my number one visit I'm looking forward to is Alabama."

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