For ESPN Watch List OLB Reuben Foster (LaGrange, Ga./Troup County), game day can’t happen fast enough. And this isn't even about Friday's first-round playoff game against Ellenwood (Ga.) Cedar Grove.
Foster, 6-foot-1 and 225 pounds, committed to Alabama over the summer and one of the big reasons why he selected the Crimson Tide was to play in games like the one in Tuscaloosa this past Saturday night.
“I went to the LSU/Alabama game,” Foster said. “It was awesome. That was my fourth Alabama game this year and it was the craziest one. There was so much excitement and the fans were incredible. It was more than usual. That game was like a Super Bowl. It was wild. LeBron James was there and a bunch celebrities out there.
“That was one of the reasons why I picked Alabama, to play in a game like this. I hoping I get my chance to play in that game. My chance will come.”
There are some that question Foster’s commitment to the Crimson Tide. He has been to games at Auburn and Florida and you know Georgia will be fighting for him to the bitter end. Foster was upset at the loss.
“I love Alabama,” Foster said. “I took (the loss) like I was part of the team. All the players know me and treat me like I am part of the family. I had a great time and I really wanted to see them win. But I have to admit I was heartbroken. I couldn’t even watch the overtime. I went back inside.”
For Foster, he noticed something a little different with Alabama. They had a different edge about them in pre-game, something he hasn’t seen from the team this year.
“I saw the difference in that team from when they played Florida versus how they played LSU,” Foster said. “With Florida it seemed like they were just messing around for about a quarter. They were not messing around with LSU. You could see it. Alabama never gave up. They kept fighting and fighting.”
Foster is a vicious and violent middle linebacker. His Troup County team plays a talented team in Cedar Grove this Friday in round one of the Georgia state playoffs.
“It’s a new season, our second season, and I have to make sure we are ready,” Foster said. “I am ready to lead us to a state championship. I am born for this. I have to make sure that everyone is focused and ready. We have some flaws and I will have to hype everyone up. I get them mad at me and focused. I tell the truth to grab their attention, tell the coaches to stop practice and we talk. I give them a speech and it gets their attention. We will be ready to ball.”