January 17, 2013

Foster finds Seattle to his liking


Seattle and Auburn, Ala., are separated by roughly 2,600 miles, but Reuben Foster is not intimidated by the distance or differences.

Foster recently returned from an official visit to Washington and the Rivals.com top-ranked inside linebacker was impressed with what he saw.

"I had already been up there once last summer on an unofficial visit. It was a cool trip. I got to go up there with Maurice Swain and Joe Sanders. We all could see ourselves playing there. I'm feeling Washington right now," Foster said.

Give credit to Huskies coaching staff for making Foster a priority and getting him back on campus for an official visit.

The five-star linebacker has been linked to several SEC schools and even Miami since his de-commitment from Auburn a month ago.

"I would give the trip a 7 on a scale of 1-10," he said. "The support staff was great. Although I still have to think about the distance from home for my mom and family."

This week, he received in-home visits from the in-state Tigers and Crimson Tide. Both schools are working hard to keep him in the Yellowhammer State and location could be a factor.

But what would be a better situation for the hard-hitting defender?

"Auburn has Ellis Johnson there now. He is a guy with experience and is very wise," Foster said. "Alabama was and is my first love. I mean its Alabama. Coach Saban and Coach Smart came by and spoke with my mom and me. I'm going to check them out this weekend."

Georgia will receive his next visit the weekend of Jan. 25. Close friend Tray Matthews is already on campus as an early enrollee and he will be making his best pitch to get him to end up in Athens come Signing Day.

The Hurricanes were scheduled to receive a visit, but Foster won't have time to make it down to Coral Gables. The self-described die-hard Ray Lewis fan informed linebackers coach Michael Barrow via a Facebook message.

Foster was named MVP of Team Nitro at the Under Armour All-American Game two weeks ago after posting six tackles and a pass breakup. Today, he picked up the Class 6A Lineman of the Year award by the Alabama Sports Writer's Association.



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