Foster won't extend the process

Foster won't extend the process

Reuben Foster mentioned the possibility recently that he could wait until after Signing Day to announce his decision, but that will not be the case. Foster is ready to put the recruiting process behind him.

Alabama and Georgia were the first two schools to offer Reuben Foster and those offers were extended in 2009.

That's right, 2009 when Foster was a freshman. Many knew he was special then and he has lived up to those expectations.

It is now just 15 days until National Signing Day and Foster is not going to drag the recruiting process out past February 6.

"It was a possibility that I wait until after Signing Day to announce my decision, but it is not a possibility anymore. I probably won't even wait for Signing Day now, I may commit a day or two before just to get it overwith," Foster told Scout Monday night.

Foster has been going through the recruiting process since he was a freshman. Coaches started visiting Troup County High School then, verbal offers were being made, and visits were being taken by Foster.

In the summer of 2011, he committed to Alabama, the school he grew up a fan of after being born in that state.

He decided to open his recruitment back up around a year later before committing to Auburn right before his senior season started. He had moved to Auburn, Ala. weeks prior to that announcement as well.

Now, we are just a couple of weeks away until he can sign his letter of intent and Alabama is not giving up.

"No sir, Alabama is not giving up at all. Nick Saban was at my school and my home last week, I visited them this weekend, and Kirby Smart is still calling me all the time. They are still coming at me as hard as anyone."

Foster spent much of this past weekend in Tuscaloosa and he had a good time.

"I really liked how Coach Saban was acting and what he was telling me. He really talked to me a lot about doing the right thing and how Alabama would make sure I was doing the right things if I was there.

"He talked to me about if I wanted someone to make me happy or for someone to make me do the right thing and I want someone pushing me to do right.

"I liked being around Coach Saban, Kirby Smart, and the players like Reggie Ragland and LaMichael Fanning. Alabama is just a great program, they win a lot, and the coaches made my visit great. I got to see the National Championship celebration and that was great too."

Saban is not one known to beg for prospects to sign with Alabama, but he really made his plea to the top linebacker in the country this weekend.

"I know Coach Saban wants me and he really broke it down to me this weekend. He talked about how I am the perfect linebacker for them and their defense. He wants linebackers that are big and wide, that are fast to the ball, that are physical, and he said that I am all of those things. He wants me to get in Coach Cochran's weight program and he feels I could be great there. Coach Saban was very honest with me this weekend and I liked that."

The Crimson Tide are still in the mix.

"I committed to them, I de-committed to them, and I could commit back," Foster said. "I really do not know yet, but I do know I am thinking about them."

The 6-foot-1, 245 pound linebacker is also thinking about Georgia. He spent much of his childhood in the state of Georgia and he will be in Athens again this weekend.

"I am really ready to get back over to UGA. I have always liked Mark Richt and Georgia has never stopped recruiting me no matter who I was committed to.

"I really like Coach [Todd] Grantham and the defense he runs. Georgia is a school I have always liked and they are really in the picture right now.

"I will go over there, see what the coaches say, see how I feel, and hang out with the players. I know I will have a good time."

The visit to Athens will not be Foster's final official visit. He will have one weekend left before Signing Day and he will stay close to home that weekend.

"I am going to take an official visit to Auburn that last weekend (February 1-2). I just need to visit them one more time and spend more time around the coaches. I know all about the school, but the coaches are new, so I need one more trip."

Foster will compare each school and just find out who has the best family environment. He wants to join a big family when he signs with a school. He could sign with Alabama, Auburn, or Georgia, but he is not tipping his hand on which one it will be just yet.

"People think since I have been committed to Alabama and Auburn that I am just going to fall back to Georgia now, but we will see," Foster said with a chuckle.

"I am thinking a lot about all three schools and I like all three schools, but I am still trying to make sure I pick the right school for me and my family in the end, so I have to take these last two official visits first."

Chad Simmons is currently a National Recruiting Analyst for FOX Sports/Scout. He started with Scout in 2003 and then moved on to another Recruiting Service from 2004-2008 before returning to Scout the first of 2009 to become South Recruiting Manager.
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