Target on his back

Reuben Foster, five-star linebacker from LaGrange-Troup County, Ga., committed to the University of Alabama in July. That hasn't stopped other programs from coming after him. He is listed as one of the top prospects in the country, and he's hungry for a higher level. The 2013 Tide pledge talked in-depth with Andrew Bone about his recruitment.

"I feel more pressure now than ever before," said Reuben Foster. "Coaches have said to my face even though I am committed to Alabama they are not going to stop recruiting me. The main ones are Florida, Georgia and Nebraska. They have all been on me pretty hard.

"The Alabama coaches aren't worried too much. They are still comfortable about me. They know I made the right decision. They aren't worried because they are doing their job. They are telling me what I need to hear."

Foster has been to Tuscaloosa several times including a few games this season.

"I went to the Arkansas game," he said. "I went up there a couple of more times for games. I am gong back for the LSU game. I will probably go back a few more times this year.

"The visits have been great. They were fun. I love Alabama. I love being there. The team is awesome. They have shown great teamwork this year. The defense has been great."

The five-star has plenty of options and plans to visit Auburn and Florida this season.

"My coach loves the idea of me going to Alabama," said Foster. "He loves Nick Saban and Kirby Smart. He thinks they are great. He told me they will look out for me. He said if I made a mistake I made a mistake, but when I give my commitment I should stick with it. I am doing that."

Foster has higher goals than the star rating next to his name.

"It felt great to receive five-stars," he said. "It was super great knowing I am already a five-star. People take that as success. My coach and I take that as not being enough. We know there aren't six stars this year, but that's what we are going after. We are the new generation."

Foster hasn't let injuries slow him down this year. The 6-foot-1, 236-pound prospect is hanging tough. His best game came aganst Carrollton when he recorded 17 tackles.

"I had messed my knee up and wore a knee brace," Foster said. "Now it's my ankle. A lot of teams are trying to chop block me. They are trying to take me out of the game. I missed one game. I didn't want to miss it. It was an easy game for us though.

"I am blowing people up this year. I am a lot better physically and mentally. I have better leadership. I feel like I am bringing a lot of brand new stuff. I am a bigger hitter. I am playing smart football. I am sometimes playing too aggressive. I still need to work on the pass."

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