Foster Excited About Under Armour Game

Five-star linebacker Reuben Foster talks about the upcoming Under Armour game, playing on the same team with his close friends, and gives his thoughts on Gus Malzahn's coaching hires.

Auburn, Ala.—For most players the opportunity to play in the Under Armour All-American Game is one that means meeting new people and forging friendships in the short week of preparation. For the nation's number one linebacker Reuben Foster it's going to be like old home week.

Teammates with good friends Carl Lawson, Dee Liner, Montravius Adams, Trey Johnson and Earnest Robinson for the Under Armour game on Jan. 4 in St. Petersburg, Fla., Foster said he can't wait to report on Dec. 30 and get things started.

"I'm really excited," Foster tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "It's always fun to travel and meet some new people. I'm just very excited.

"It's going to be so fun," he added. "It's amazing that I'll get to play with my boys that I'm already friends with. I'm going to show them so much love when I get down there. I'll feel like I'm at home because I'll have my friends, AKA my brothers, with me."

With the entire group other than Adams committed to Auburn for quite a while during the 2012 season, the familiarity with each other is something that should pay dividends in the game while also providing a comfortable environment for the players to just enjoy the game and play football.

"When I saw the teams all that went through my mind was how we were going to have fun and take care of business," Foster said. "My goal is just not to slack off. I want to go 100 percent no matter what the situation. I just want to try my best in everything I do so I can prove to everybody that I'm not selfish. I want to show that I have good leadership."

While he's been preparing to play in the prestigious game in a week, Foster said it has been nice to be able to take a step back from the craziness of recruiting and just enjoy the holidays. With the dead period still in effect he said it has given him some time just to be a kid and enjoy seeing his friends and family.

"It was amazing just to get a break from recruiting," Foster said. "I got to be with my family and chill with friends and go out and have fun. It was nice not talking on the phone or texting or doing videos. Next month it's all going to come back, but at the moment I'm just trying to enjoy it while it lasts. It felt great."

Planning to visit Washington on Jan. 11 and Georgia on Jan. 25 and still looking at Alabama, LSU and Miami as well, Foster said he's going to continue to get to know the new Auburn coaching staff as well in order to make an educated decision when the time comes. As for the hires that Gus Malzahn has made since taking over for the Tigers, Foster said he couldn't be more impressed.

"It's an awesome group," Foster said. "I'm looking forward to learning more about them."

This season Foster earned First-Team All-State honors after making 80 tackles and two sacks on defense and leading the Tigers with 16 rushing touchdowns on offense.

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