- Greg Ostendorf, ESPN Staff Writer
The University of Alabama just signed one of the top linebacker classes in recent memory for 2012, and it already has a good start on 2013 with Reuben Foster, a five-star linebacker from LaGrange, Ga.
Foster surprised a lot of people when he committed to the Crimson Tide back in July, but he said he knew where he wanted to go and wanted to get his decision behind him.
The ESPNU 150 member recently visited Tuscaloosa for Alabama’s first Junior Day. Although he remains solid to Alabama, he still plans to take visits to other schools during the process. He was scheduled to visit Georgia last weekend but couldn’t make it.
On the field, Foster can do it all. At 6-foot-2, 228 pounds, he possesses a dangerous combination of power and speed. He shows great pursuit of the ball and has been known to a deliver his fair share of bone-crushing hits.
TideNation caught up with the five-star to ask him about Alabama and his pursuit for the No. 1 ranking.
TN: You committed to Alabama last summer. Why Alabama?
RF: With Alabama, I wanted to go somewhere to take care of my family, so I was thinking about Nick Saban and Kirby Smart and how they put people in the NFL. They’ve got a good program, a program that can get me to the next level. They treat me like family. The players treat me like family. I just feel like I fit in there.
TN: Why did you decide to commit so early?
RF: I knew where I wanted to go. My family knew where I wanted to go. They love Alabama. I love Alabama. Plus, who wouldn’t want to get coached by Nick Saban and Kirby Smart? They’re NFL-style coaches.
TN: Alabama has been known for producing NFL linebackers recently. How’s it feel to know you could be the next great linebacker for the Crimson Tide?
RF: It feels great to know that I’m going to be a linebacker in their program. People dream about playing linebacker for Alabama.
TN: The state of Georgia is loaded in 2013. Are you talking to some of the other top players about coming to Alabama with you?
RF: I’m always talking to them. Tray Matthews and Trey Johnson have said they want to play with me, but they have made a commitment to their schools. Robert Nkemdiche said he is going to play with me, so I believe he will pick Alabama.
TN: I know Robert is ranked No. 1 in a lot of recruiting services. How do you feel about that, and do you think you can overtake him for that top spot?
RF: I feel okay about it. I congratulated him about it. If everyone feels like he worked harder than me to get the No. 1 spot, then he worked harder than me. I just have to work harder and beat him out of there. I am going to work hard to beat him out of that No. 1 spot. I want that No. 1 spot, and I plan on getting it.
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