HOOVER, Ala. -- When Monaco, Pa., wide receiver Robert Foster arrived in Hoover for the National Select 7-on-7 tournament, it wasn’t the level of competition that surprised him. It was the heat.
“The heat is crazy,” Foster said. “I’m not used to the heat down here, but I’ve got to fight through it.”
Central Valley High School played four games on Thursday, but before the action began, Foster and his teammates made a special trip to Tuscaloosa in the morning to visit the University of Alabama.
“It really wasn’t a visit for me because I’ve been there already,” Foster said. “It was for my teammates. We all got to see the facilities and all that. As long as they liked it, I liked it.”
The ESPN 150 wide receiver visited Tuscaloosa in April for the Crimson Tide’s spring game. Alabama is one of the schools he is strongly considering, despite the distance from home.
“Obviously, I have a relationship with Alabama and Coach [Nick] Saban,” Foster said. “The facilities and academics are quality for me. Right now, I’m just letting the recruiting process go and just working with my team and my high school career.”
During the season, Foster wants to take three of his five official visits to Alabama, Ohio State and Pittsburgh. Out of every school recruiting him, he says those three have made him feel the most comfortable.
“That’s the most important thing about it,” Foster said. “You don’t want to a college that you don’t feel comfortable with and don’t have a relationship with. They’re all making me feel comfortable, and I feel like I have a relationship with the coaching staff.”
Of the three, Alabama is easily the farthest away, but the Pennsylvania native says distance won’t be a factor when he makes his decision.
Central Valley head coach Mark Lyons has assisted Foster with the recruiting process, but even he doesn’t know where his star player will end up or what may ultimately be the deciding factor in his recruitment.
“I can’t even begin to guess,” Lyons said. “It’s going to be the one thing that nobody can even guess that’s going to make the final decision. It may have nothing to do with football. That’s the kind of kid he is. He’s got to have a comfort level, and that’s what he’s all about.”
Foster plans to wait until after his senior season to make his decision.