Monaca is city in Pennsylvania and is home to Central Valley High School, where the football team has a player by the name of Robert Foster. Foster is regarded as one of the best wide receiver prospects in the country and has many scholarship offers from top schools.
Foster really doesn't enjoy talking about his recruitment and getting a feel for where he is leaning has been tough for months. However, recently Foster tweeted he has three schools that he likes and a fourth school is in the mix. Stemming from his announcement, reports have also surfaced that he could be a virtual lock to sign with hometown Pittsburgh.
Is that true? Are the Panthers a certainty to win the Robert Foster sweepstakes? Who are the other schools Foster is considering?
We'll take a look at all of that and more!
Foster is a 6'2", 190-pound receiver with excellent explosiveness. He has great release quickness off the line, uses agility and suddenness to elude press coverage and can quickly get back on his route line to head up field.
In the duration of his routes, Foster has the athleticism to avoid linebackers buzzing to their underneath zones and shows terrific play speed. He doesn't need to decelerate and throttle down much to cut at junction points and shows the needed separation quickness to detach from sticky defenders.
Foster has solid hands, though I would like to see his strike zone widen in college. After the catch, he uses tremendous RAC skills and instincts to make plays as a runner. Foster needs to improve his hand placement consistency when attacking the football with his hands and also needs to add more strength to combat press coverage at the line.
In all, Foster is a fantastic prospect who also brings punt and kickoff return value to a team too.
Per a report from 247Sports.com, Foster has said he will officially visit Michigan State. The details and logistics are still being worked out, but this is a big accomplishment for the Spartans.
Foster certainly could earn early playing time in East Lansing and would make a great tandem with Aaron Burbridge. With two speedy receivers on the perimeter, the Spartans could challenge many speed depleted Big Ten secondaries and put up a lot of points.
Urban Meyer is no stronger to getting elite talent and he will continue to do so at Ohio State. Foster has tweeted that he has the Buckeyes inside his top three and Ohio State is in serious consideration.
Ohio State would be a good fit for Foster. He would be able to stay in the upper-Midwest and could see early playing time thanks to his speed and quickness.
Foster also would see great competition in practice everyday by going against cornerbacks like Armani Reeves, Cam Burrows, Eli Woodard, Najee Murray and Doran Grant.
Alabama is another school Foster tweeted that is in his top three, and he will visit Tuscaloosa officially. The Crimson Tide would love to add another great receiver prospect, and Foster fits the bill.
Nick Saban has been quietly upgrading his offensive skill positions through the past three recruiting classes. Last year alone saw Saban sign Chris Black, Cyrus Jones and Amari Cooper. Foster would only continue Saban's recent trend and would give Alabama another super-talent on the roster.
The Panthers have a new head coach in Paul Chryst, who showed last year that he can keep great talent home by signing 5-star running back Rushel Shell. Chryst is also leading the charge for prime time offensive tackle prospect Dorian Johnson.
The Panthers appear to be in very good shape for Foster.
In my estimation, I believe Foster will seriously consider Ohio State and Alabama very closely. In the end, however, I predict he will sign with Pittsburgh.
Pitt allows him to stay close to home and to be with his friends and family. He probably also could make a huge early impact at Pittsburgh by cracking the depth chart as a true freshman. So look for Foster to continue to be a bit on the quiet side about his recruitment but when the first Wednesday in February comes, the Panthers will be a happy program.
Edwin Weathersby has worked in scouting/player personnel departments for three professional football teams, including the New York Giants, Cleveland Browns and the Las Vegas Gladiators of the Arena League. He spent a year evaluating prep prospects and writing specific recruiting and scouting content articles for Student Sports Football (now ESPN Rise-HS). A syndicated scout and writer, he's also contributed to WeAreSC.com, GatorBait.net and Diamonds in the Rough Inc., a College Football and NFL Draft magazine.