Ellis Johnson Making An Impact On Foster

Five-star linebacker Reuben Foster talks about his Sunday visit to Auburn and why he likes defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson so much.

Auburn, Ala.—Fresh off his MVP performance in the Under Armour All-American Game in St. Petersburg, Fla., five-star linebacker Reuben Foster was on the Auburn campus on Sunday to continue to build a relationship with Gus Malzahn and the new coaching staff for the Tigers. Spending time with Ellis Johnson and the defensive coaches as well as prospects such as defensive tackle Ben Bradley, Foster said the trip across town was a good one for him.

"It was good getting to know them and being with all the coaches and the staff," Foster said. "I also got a chance to talk to some of the other guys they've offered.

"Spending more time with them gives me time to think and to get to know them better," he added. "It's time to build that family relationship with them…that's the biggest thing is to build the relationship and feel comfortable and have trust."

That begins with Johnson and the defensive coaching staff. The linebacker coach for the Tigers in addition to the defensive coordinator, Johnson is a veteran coach that has obviously made an impact on Foster since he's arrived on the Plains.

"I think a whole lot of him," Foster said. "I think highly of him. He's old and kind of funny, but I think he's very cool. That's my guy. I love him. Out of the whole group, no offense, but that's my guy.

"I just like the way he talks," he added. "He plays with his phone and can't see it. I like that kind of stuff. It reminds me of my granddaddy. He tells me about life so that reminds me of my granddaddy. I love Ellis Johnson. That's my favorite person out of the whole staff."

With years of coaching under his belt and known for producing quality defenses, Johnson has plenty of wisdom to impart on his players along with the rest of the staff and Foster said that's something he recognizes.

"He's got a lot of experience," Foster said. "They've got a lot going on from what I see and hear. They should be good in the future. Do I want to be a part of it? Maybe, but I'm still thinking."

Where Foster's future will lead him is anyone's guess. With a month until signing day the nation's number one linebacker said that he's not going to take all five of his visits and is still considering a visit to Auburn despite being very familiar with the surroundings. He said that's something he'll decide beginning tonight.

"I'm not going to take all five of them so I'm getting ready to call coaches," Foster said. "I don't know which ones, I just know there are going to be about two upset. I'll take about three.

"They (Auburn) are telling me I should visit, but I don't see why," he added. "I already know the ups and downs and valleys about Auburn. I'm still debating about taking a visit there. They're telling me I should just to get together and correct the class, but I don't know."

Foster said he plans to make his decision on signing day.


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