Recuiting "Wild" For Five-Star Linebacker

Five-star linebacker Reuben Foster discusses recruiting and transition to Auburn High.

Auburn, Ala.-- While five-star prospect Reuben Foster is known nationwide as the country's top-rated middle linebacker for the class of 2013, Stanhope Elmore's offense got first-hand knowledge of what that really means in its spring game against Auburn High Thursday night at Duck Samford Stadium.

The crowd in attendance for Auburn High's 14-7 win oohed and aahed as Foster delivered big hits all night.

"That's the fun part—getting to hit somebody," said Foster. "I worked on my coverage a lot this spring. I learned a lot. I don't blitz a lot anymore. I just stay focused on the pass and run, mostly, but I've just got to stay focused."

Foster has been in Auburn less than six weeks, but the impact of his transfer from Troup County to Auburn High hasn't been lost on his teammates.

"It's a boost, that's what it is," said Auburn High defensive end Rashaan Evans of Foster's arrival. "It's just great for our defense. Really, we just feed off his hits, that's what we do.

"We can hear his footsteps, man," Evans added. "When he hits, we can feel it. It's crazy. That dude is an athlete, man."

Foster said his transition to Auburn has been made easier because Auburn High head coach Tim Carter, defensive coordinator Anthony Jeter and the whole coaching staff have taken him under their wing.

"They're by my side," said Foster. "They stick with me through thick and thin."

Reuben Foster delivered some big hits in Auburn High's spring game against Stanhope Elmore.

Teams across the nation are vying for Foster's commitment, but the soon-to-be senior said his "commitment is strong" to Alabama. Foster is still interested in a number of schools, though, and plans on taking visits this spring and fall.

"Right now I'm taking my visits, see what's all good for me, whatever's good for me because I haven't traveled that far," said Foster. "You know, I'm not a traveling dude, but I'd love to travel."

Besides Alabama, Foster listed Auburn, Georgia, Florida, Florida State, Oklahoma and Texas as schools that he is still interested in.

"Everybody out there, I'm interested in those schools," he said. "Just never had a chance."

"I plan on taking my official visits early with my family to USC, South Carolina, Hawaii because I like to travel, man," said Foster with a grin on his face. "I'm saying. I'd like to travel to all these schools I've named. I like to go far."

Recruiting hasn't slowed down for the 6-1, 240-pound middle linebacker prospect despite his verbal commitment to Alabama.

"It's as wild as it could ever be," he said.

Foster said he gets some recruiting pitches from his new friends and fellow teammates, receiver Blaise Taylor and quarterback Cameron Echols-Luper, the sons of Auburn assistant coaches Trooper Taylor and Curtis Luper.

"Sometimes, they joke around, talk about going to Auburn, but right now, they're just talking about just doing what's best for me," said Foster. "They said they don't really care. They want to do what's best for me.

"I hang out with them a lot," he added. "They're just like my brothers. They took me under, took me around, showed me who not to hang around. Good positive people, so I'm good with them."

Foster said he will be traveling to Oregon in July for Nike's "The Opening" football camp to compete against some of the top players in the country.


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