Position: Inside Linebacker
Vitals: 6-foot-2, 242 Pounds
- Rivals: 5 Star; No. 1 Position
- Scout: 5 Star; No. 1 Position
- ESPN: 5 Star; No. 1 Position
Other Offers of Interest: Auburn, Georgia, LSU, Florida, Notre Dame, Southern Cal, Miami, Oregon
3 Best Attributes: Speed, Strength, Run-Stopper, Tackling
That noise you just heard was the sound of Bama Nation finally exhaling. After one of the most drawn out recruiting battles in recent memory, Reuben Foster has finally signed with the Crimson Tide.
It’s been a long & strenuous journey for Foster, who initially committed to Alabama in July of 2011. In July of 2012, however, photos of Foster with an Auburn tattoo made their way across the internet. That’s when the roller coaster began. Days later, he backed out of his commitment to Alabama and instead announced his decision to attend Auburn. This past weekend, in the midst of his official visit to Auburn, Foster unexpectedly left campus and drove to Tuscaloosa in the middle of the night. He eventually recommitted to the Crimson Tide this past Monday evening before signing his LOI this morning. Now that the ink is beginning to dry, Tide fans can breathe a little easier.
“I would rather play in a 3-4 over the 4-3,” Foster said. “I think it just suits me better. I am looking at the coaching staffs, tradition and academic support.” At Alabama he gets all of that and more. Less heralded linebackers have made an immediate impact in the past. Foster is expected to follow in the footsteps of other recent underclassmen and earn significant playing time this fall.
Foster, in addition to being named the AHSAA 6A Lineman of the year, was also a consensus High School All-American. He was named MVP of the Under Armor All-American game for his defensive performance. Over the past two seasons alone, he filled up the stat sheet with 265 tackles and 20 sacks. He brings a much needed aggressive style of play to the linebacker position that the Tide hasn’t seen since Don’ta Hightower left for the NFL. Foster is a vicious hitter who should make his impact felt sooner rather than later.