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Sunday, January 13, 2013
Top ILB Foster impressed with UW visit

By Kipp Adams

The University of Washington already has the makings of a potential Top 15 recruiting class for the 2013 cycle, with five commitments from ESPN 300 prospects, including three from ESPN 150 prospects. But the Huskies are aiming for more, and never was that more clear than in the headliner recruit in town over the weekend.

Linebacker Reuben Foster (Auburn, Ala./Auburn), the No. 1 inside linebacker prospect and No. 16 overall prospect in the country, could play a big role in getting the Pac-12 program to the next level. While Washington is the only school outside the Southeast in the mix for Foster, he said following his official visit not to count out the Huskies by any means.

“They have a very high percentage of getting me on signing day,” Foster said. “That is how much I like them.”

Foster lists the West Coast program so high because of the way the staff is recruiting him.

“I spoke to Coach [Tosh] Lupoi throughout the trip and Coach [Steve] Sarkisian some, and it was a chance for us to bond even more,” Foster said. “The relationship I have with them is amazing. They come to my school and hit me up, it is just crazy.”

One thing that has given Washington a fighting chance with the ESPN 150 linebacker is showing Foster he is genuinely a priority for the future of the program.

“With most staffs, they always say they want me, but only two staffs have really let me know they need me,” Foster said. “Auburn did that before, and Washington did that too, during my official. I talked one on one with Coach Lupoi about how I could grow up there and just the ups and downs of life. Coach Sark showed me how many linebackers they had and how they would use me. He really showed me that I was needed, not just wanted.”

While the campus is nearly 2,800 miles from where Reuben and his family live now, he feels very comfortable thinking about a future in Seattle.

“It is cold, but at the same time it is beautiful out here,” Foster said. “It is amazing out here. I am a country boy, so I am not used to this city. Beautiful atmosphere, the sunrises, sunset, it just all puts me in a great state of mind. I could never get tired of living in this city.”

At least two more official visits are up next for Foster.

“I am looking forward to getting to Alabama next weekend and seeing if it is home,” Foster said. “I want to see how I would be used in their defense and what they have planned for me if I come there. I spoke to Coach [Kirby] Smart [on] Friday before I left for my visit, and he told me he could not wait to get me back in Tuscaloosa. Then after that, Georgia is looking forward to getting me back to Athens so they can show me love and I can show them love back.”

No visits are planned for Foster after his trip to Georgia, but the former Auburn and Alabama commitment said that Auburn and LSU are under consideration.