Reuben Foster Sets Official Visit: Does Georgia Have Inside Track for 5-Star LB?

Andrew Kulha@@AKonSportsSenior Analyst IIIDecember 17, 2012

Via 247Sports
Via 247Sports

Since decommitting from the Auburn Tigers, there's one program that's been constantly mentioned in regards to 5-star inside linebacker Reuben Foster: Georgia.

While there are schools like Alabama, Washington and a few other outliers in the running, Georgia seems to be in very good position right now to land the 5-star recruit.

Foster is actually originally from the state of Georgia, which gives it some "home-state advantage," and 247Sports has Georgia listed as the one "warm" interest on the top of his interest list.

Even more advantageous, though, is the fact that he's set up an official to visit the Bulldogs.

Kipp Adams of ESPN.com reports that Foster has set up two official visits so far, one being to Georgia:

Two officials are set for Reuben Foster (Auburn, Ala./Auburn), the nation's No. 1 inside linebacker prospect in the 2013 class. Foster, who decommitted from Auburn two weeks ago, said on Thursday he plans on visiting Washington Jan. 11. On Monday he confirmed plans for another trip.

"I am visiting UGA Jan. 25," Foster said via text message.

Adams also reported that Foster will be looking to take officials to LSU, Miami and maybe South Carolina, but for now, it's UGA and Washington that have set dates.

This is going to be a huge visit for Georgia, and there's no doubt in my mind that Richt and his staff will try to lock up Foster's commitment right then and there. As it stands, though, do the Bulldogs have the inside track for his commitment?

All indications are pointing to yes.

In Georgia, Foster would be getting a SEC title-worthy program and a great fanbase, and he'd be a huge addition to a defense that gave up only 18.8 points per game this past season.

He'd also be joining a recruiting class that's currently ranked No. 9 overall by Rivals.com.

Richt is bringing in a very talented class, but also it's a class that also features 4-star safety Tray Matthews, who is reportedly a good friend of Foster's (Michael Carvell of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that the two once made a pact to play college football together).

Georgia can offer a lot to Foster, and it's obvious that he can see that. He could be part of a great program, he could compete in the SEC and perhaps even compete for a national championships. And maybe most importantly—he'll be someplace comfortable.

His recruiting process is nowhere near finished, but by setting up these official visits, he's starting to speed up the process.

It's safe to say that Georgia holds the edge heading into these official visits.

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