Very few people have been torn in as many directions as Troup County linebacker Reuben Foster.
The five-star playmaker committed to Alabama well before his junior year started, but it is no secret that his recruitment is far from over.
"Right now, I'm just listening to everyone that comes at me," said Foster. "I'm committed to Alabama, but I'm looking for a place to get and education and get to the next level. A lot of schools can do that, and that is what I'm looking for."
Foster has mentioned Florida, Auburn, LSU, and Georgia as other teams that interest him, but out of those schools, one school is on his mind more than others.
"A lot of schools are in it, but Georgia stands out," said Foster. "I just love their coaching staff and what they have to offer. They have really stepped things up and they are doing a great job of recruiting me. Every time I talk to the coaches, I just like how it goes. I plan on being there at their next Junior Day on February 25."
While the recruiting process can force a player to bear a heavy burden, Foster enjoys building relationships with coaches and other players.
Much has been made of his relationship with Newnan safety Tray Matthews, but he has also built some strong relationships within the Georgia staff.
The quality of those relationships is important to the Troup County star, but he the quantity stands out as well.
"I know all of them so well," said Foster. "Coach (Mark) Richt, Coach (Todd) Grantham, Coach (Rodney) Garner, Coach O (Kirk Olivadotti), and Coach (Mike) Bobo. I know all of them well, and the way they treat you is just great."
When the first Rivals100 of 2013 was released last week, Foster debuted as the second ranked prospect in the entire country.
Rankings may not mean everything, but this Peach State standout doesn't take the honor lightly.
"It is a tremendous honor, really," said Foster. "I never thought I would be in a position like this, and I'm just going to work hard. I work hard for my family and my little girl. I'm just going to be the best I can be. I'm running track and working on a lot of things to make me better, like working on me reads and coverage and stuff like that."
Foster is garnering a great deal of attention from many schools, but a number of his teammates at Troup County are also hearing from schools on a regular basis.
Offensive lineman/defensive lineman Maurice Swain, safety Cortez Leonard, and wide receiver/defensive back Ricky Frazier are all receiving attention from FCS schools, and Foster couldn't be happier for his teammates.
"I'm just really glad they are getting the attention," said Foster. "It's not about me, really. Those are the guys that are always with me out there and I am with them, and its just great to see them getting the attention they deserve. I would consider it an honor to play with them on the next level. Just to have a chance to play with my best friend and guys I have been playing with for a long time is big."
Although Foster is committed to the defending National Champions for the time being, he is not shy about his expectations for the recruiting process.
"The next 11 months are going to be crazy, hardcore, out of this world, " said Foster. "Schools are going to be coming from this way and that way with coaches and all. Fans are going to post on my facebook wall, so I'm probably going to delete it once my senior year starts because I just want to focus on having a great senior year. I want to make the best choice, and be cool with it all."
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