Sunday, January 27, 2013
No. 1 ILB relaxed after UGA official
By Kipp Adams
The No. 16 prospect in the nation was in Athens, Ga., over the weekend, as Reuben Foster (Auburn, Ala./Auburn) took his third official visit, this time to the University of Georgia. The 6-foot-1, 242-pound linebacker has visited Georgia many times, but this time there was something different about the campus.
Foster had a close friend waiting for him to arrive.
“Really the best part of this official was spending time with the coaches and my brother, Tray Matthews,” Foster said. “He is part of the Georgia program now, so he was my host for the weekend. Tray said he loves it there and he really wants me to come there, but at the same time, he wants me to do what is best for me. I have been there plenty of times, so I really do not have any more questions for Georgia.”
No. 1 ESPN 150 ILB Reuben Foster enjoyed his official visit to Georgia.
One person who has not visited Georgia before is his mother, Inita Paige. She had been to Alabama and Auburn, but this was her first time checking out the Bulldogs.
“My mom was able to go and she liked it,” Foster said. “She came because she wanted to see what college I wanted to go to. The coaches made a lot of time for her and I think she likes Georgia a lot right now. She is fine with me going away from home to college.”
The coaching staff has made Foster, the No. 1 inside linebacker in the country, a priority throughout the 2013 recruiting cycle. But recently the pitch for Georgia has been to utilize the ESPN 150 prospect in a different role, were he to come to play between the hedges.
“Coach [Todd] Grantham showed me film of Jarvis Jones, how they move him around and blitz him all of the time, and he told me he wants me to be that next great player at Georgia,” Foster said. “They want me to play some outside linebacker and that is where I made the most plays at Troup, so it is my natural position and it sounds great.”
Foster played football at LaGrange (Ga.) Troup County High School before transferring in 2012 to Auburn High.
The Bulldogs’ head coach was heavily involved with Foster over the weekend, and he wanted to show Foster and his mom that Foster would have a chance to prosper in Athens.
“Coach [Mark] Richt spent a lot of time sitting down with me this weekend and having fun with me,” Foster said. “He wants to mentor me at Georgia and he wants me in a spot there with him and Tray that he feels gives me the best chance to succeed.”
Richt is expected to make an in-home visit with Foster on Tuesday, and then Foster will take his final official visit next weekend, to Auburn. Foster is not sure exactly when he will make his decision, but he is not stressing out as much after his official to Georgia.
“My decision has gotten a little bit easier,” Foster said. “I still do not know where I am going to go, but I am learning how to relax. I will be ready to commit when the time comes.”