Reuben Foster’s signing day plans may not happen on National Signing Day (at least according to reports), but he’s certainly a prospect whose decision is looming large over several programs—namely Alabama, Auburn, and Georgia. And while none of the aforementioned schools can be certain where he will ultimately decide to go (my bet is still on Auburn due to his family situation alone), it’s the season of speculation and everything is up for debate/discussion.
That said, Foster is at the Under-Armour All-American Game this week (the game will be broadcast live January 4 at 5pm) and he’s once again talking a little about his recruitment, where he stands as far as a decision, and what schools are in his wheelhouse.
“I am looking at Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, South Carolina and Washington,” Foster said. “I have not officially set any of the visits, but I hope to take my first trip to Washington Jan. 11.”
…“I still love Auburn because its Auburn and because of my cousin Ladarious Phillips,” Foster said. “I am going to give them another chance because I do not want to rule them out and be rude.”
The Crimson Tide still have a shot to land the No. 1 inside linebacker recruit in the 2013 class as well.
“I have loved Alabama since the beginning and I will continue to love them no matter what,” Foster said. “They are about to win the national championship there.”
Another SEC program in the mix has not been mentioned prominently in Foster’s recruitment.
“My home boy Cadarious Sanders was at South Carolina when I visited, and even though he is no longer there I still get treated like family by the Gamecocks,” Foster said.
Foster no longer lives in Georgia, but he still feels a connection to the area and one of his closest friends is pulling him to join him in Athens so they play alongside one another for the Bulldogs.
“Tray Matthews goes to Georgia, plus it is home, so why not go to Georgia, be a Dawg and play with Todd Grantham and Kirk Olivadotti?” Foster said. (Kipp Adams, Dawgnation)
I still personally believe it will come down to Auburn and Georgia, with Auburn holding a slight edge because of, as I mentioned at the start, his familial attachments; his daughter lives there and Foster has been very clear that he wants to be close to her no matter where he goes.
In any event, most are beginning to get a little tired of Foster’s story because of the drama attached to it; bottom-line though, Foster is a very good player with upper-echelon talent. Georgia stands to lose plenty from their defense this season (Alec Ogletree has already declared and Jarvis Jones won’t be too far behind) and Foster would likely be able to step in immediately and contribute for Grantham’s unit should he choose Georgia in the end.
Will he sign with the Bulldogs? Not a clue, but if he doesn’t re-up with Auburn, I certainly see the Bulldogs as his next option.