5-star wide receiver Robert Foster is one of the biggest uncommitted offensive players in the 2013 recruiting class, and I believe there is one notable program that has the inside track to getting his commitment—the Ohio State Buckeyes.
Bill Kurelic of 247Sports is reporting that Ohio State is looking good and is in Foster's final three:
At one point it looked like the Ohio State staff was ready to go another direction when it came to Foster. But it may be they are positioning themselves well.
“It’s Ohio State, Pitt and Alabama,” Central Valley coach Mark Lyons said. “He is making an official visit to Alabama this weekend when they play Mississippi State.”
Kurelic also reported Coach Lyons as saying that there's a "real good chance" Foster will take an official visit to OSU and that "he's definitely interested in them".
Finally, Kurelic posted his personal thoughts on Foster and Ohio State:
I was told during the summer by a source that knows Foster well not to believe the rumors that Foster and Ohio State were no longer a match. The source said Foster has long had OSU as HIS school. I am not saying this is going to work out – but I am saying it is well worth keeping an eye on.
It appears as if Ohio State is firmly in the running for the 5-star wideout, and if you're asking me, they have the advantage over Alabama and Pittsburgh.
As far as Pittsburgh is concerned, they are Foster's home state team, but that's about all they have going for them. No offense, but they aren't anywhere near the same level as OSU and Alabama.
Alabama does have a great shot at landing the 5-star wideout, considering the allure of playing for head coach Nick Saban and competing for National Championships, but when it comes down to it, one could argue that Urban Meyer's Buckeyes have just as much championship potential in the near future.
If that levels the playing field, Meyers' squad gains the advantage over 'Bama due to their style of play.
Alabama is known for it's power running schemes, while Urban Meyer is known for being a great offensive mind that fields an exciting brand of offensive football.
At 6'3'', 190 pounds Foster has the size to be a big-time playmaker, and 247Sports has him down for running a 4.49 40, which is extremely fast. He would be a perfect fit for Ohio State's offense. Foster can stretch the field and be a huge deep threat for Ohio state. In fact, he could be one of the primary threats in Meyer's offense. While Alabama would still effectively utilize Foster offensively, he'd have a better chance to shine and put up numbers at Ohio State while still experiencing championship level football.
In the end, I believe Meyer's offensive scheme will be the deciding factor in a choice between Ohio State, Alabama and Pittsburgh for Foster.
It may be a slight edge, but it's an edge none the less for one of the premier offensive players in the recruiting class of 2013.