Reuben Foster will be a hot topic over the next couple of days. The five-star linebacker, an elite talent and one of the most coveted players of the 2013 class, committed to Alabama on Monday live on FOX Sports South. Our Chad Simmons gives you the scoop on Foster's skills, recruitment and more.
Get to know him
High school: Auburn HS (Auburn, Ala.)
Rating: (No. 1 overall MLB)
Biggest strength: Striking the ball carrier.
Area for improvement: Pass coverage.
NFL player he reminds us of: Ray Lewis is a guy I have always compared him too. Like Lewis, Foster plays with intensity, he leaves it all on the field, he is a natural leader, he plays with speed sideline to sideline, and he knows how to strike the opponent. Lewis is a lofty comparison, but high school linebackers like Foster do not come around very often.
Q: Obviously Foster's lack of commitment at this point in the process makes him a hot topic of conversation. What's the very latest in his recruitment and what indication do we have, if any, of which way he's leaning?
Simmons: The last couple of years have been pretty entertaining for those that follow the top linebacker in the country. The one-time Alabama and Auburn commitment is now uncommitted, but he won’t be for long. He will be announcing his decision live on FOX Sports South on Monday at 10 p.m. ET. I really give the edge to the school he lives just a couple of miles from, and that is Auburn, but Alabama is right there. It is very close. [UPDATE: Foster committed to Alabama on Monday night.]
Q: The Southern schools on his list all make sense for this Alabama native, but he's also gone to see some relatively strange places -- including Washington and now San Diego State. What's bringing him to the West Coast and is there any chance he ends up out there?
Simmons: This might be the hardest question I have to answer because I don’t really know if there is an answer. The Washington visit was not that surprising after he took an unofficial visit out there over the summer, but the San Diego State visit was clearly out of left field. He took the visit to see a different part of the country, but I don't see the Aztecs as a legit contender. In the end, though, I do not see Foster ending up at a school in any other state other than Alabama or Georgia at this time.
Q: He's been down the commitment road before, pledging to Alabama in 2011 before de-commiting and picking Auburn in July. He then backed out of that in December. Why were those schools unable to hang on to his verbal?
Simmons: With Alabama, his commitment took place extremely early in the process and when you have a prospect of someone the caliber of Foster, no schools are going to go away. With schools still pursuing him, Foster also transferred high schools. He went from Troup County in LaGrange, Ga., to Auburn. When that move was made, many felt Auburn University would make a real run with Foster being a couple of miles from their campus, and they did. After committing to Auburn, head coach Gene Chizik was let go, so Foster reopened his recruitment for a second time. There have been a lot of twists and turns in this recruiting battle and it still is not over.
Q: What are the biggest positives he brings to the field?
Simmons: There is not much he doesn’t do at a very elite level, from tackling to playing instinctively to just making his presence known the minute he steps onto the field. Foster brings a lot of energy to the field and he is one that makes those around him better. He is really a special player.
Q: What do you think we can expect out of him in his freshman campaign?
Simmons: At just about any school in the country, he will start and make a big impact next fall barring injury. I have gone on record numerous times saying he could have played college football a year ago. He is that good, he is that advanced physically, and he is that big of an impact player. I expect Foster to really set the tone for a defense the next three years in college football, and it will start in 2013.
In his own words
"People think since I have been committed to Alabama and Auburn that I am just going to fall back to Georgia now, but we will see. I am thinking a lot about all three schools and I like all three schools, but I am still trying to make sure I pick the right school for me and my family in the end." -- Jan. 22