It's not that college scouts don't know about Troup County High standout Reuben Foster and like what they see. However, after finishing his second season as a standout middle linebacker for the Tigers he is still just a sophomore so he will have to wait until February of 2013 to sign a scholarship.
At 6-2, 221 the sophomore plays like a veteran. As the captain of the Troup County defense, he had a knack for being at the right place at the right time and that resulted in 120 tackles, many which were big plays.
Commenting on his style of play, Foster said, "I am a good explosive player with good game speed. I am good in pursuit with a hard work ethic.
"I am 16 years old so I am still going to grow," Foster said. "By the time I am a senior in high school I want to get to 230 to 235."
Reuben Foster is shown in game action for Troup County High.
Asked if he is already receiving recruiting attention, Foster said, "Auburn, Georgia and Alabama have been after me strong and South Carolina, too" he said. "They have all offered me verbally. Virginia Tech said they are going to offer me. It is exciting to get the early offers."
Asked to describe his style of play, "Some people call me a pretty boy linebacker, but I get dirty," he said with a smile. "I don't play dirty, but whatever it takes to win that is what I am going to do."
A multi-sport athlete who also plays baseball and basketball, he plans to run track this spring and then after that it will probably be two years of concentration on football and academics so he will be able to go to the college of his choice.
The offensive captain on the 2010 Troup Country team, Quan Bray, signed scholarship papers last week to play at Auburn. Foster said the Tigers will like what they get when Bray joins the team. "He is a good work ethic player and he stayed humble," the sophomore said. "He was the offensive team captain and he would get on our tails about working hard. He is going to be a very exciting player in college."