Robert Foster, one of the top wide receiver recruits in the class of 2013, has decided to play college football at Alabama, according to John Garcia Jr. of Fox Sports. He chose the Crimson Tide over Pittsburgh.
5-star WR Robert Foster has announced his commitment to #Alabama— John Garcia Jr. (@JohnGarcia_Jr) December 21, 2012
The 5-star prospect is ranked as the No. 2 wideout in the class and No. 23 overall by 247Sports.com, which lists 21 schools as having shown interest in the playmaker. He's the type of game-changing player college coaches dream about.
Foster, a Pennsylvania native, possesses a terrific combination of size and athleticism which allowed him to star at Central Valley High School. Alabama fans will certainly hope that he's able to carry over that success at the next level.
Given the massive amount of attention surrounding his decision, expectations are surely going to skyrocket once he steps on campus. Judging off his performance in high school, Foster has the talent to live up to the hype.
As usual, the high-profile commitment caused Twitter to erupt with a flurry of comments about Foster's decision and what it means for everybody involved. Here are a handful of the social media messages:
The first thought that came into a lot of minds is the rich getting richer. It's a sentiment shared by Alex Scarborough of ESPN's TideNation as Alabama adds another piece to an already terrific roster.
Robert Foster, the No. 2 receiver in the ESPN 150, commits to Alabama. The skill position depth in Tuscaloosa is looking impressive.— Alex Scarborough (@AlexS_ESPN) December 21, 2012
Chris Dokish of the blog Panther's Prey, which covers Pittsburgh athletics, weighs in with his perspective on the decision.
Well, it's a very tough loss for Pitt, but good luck to Robert Foster. I wish him the best of luck and I hope all Pitt fans do the same.— Chris Dokish (@ChrisDokish) December 21, 2012
Even though he had the option to remain in Pennsylvania, Joel Peretic of the Pittsburgh Sports Report believes that it's tough to blame Foster for picking the Tide.
Can't blame the kid for heading to a NCAA dynasty. Good luck to him. RT @jdipaola_trib: WR Robert Foster says he will attend Alabama.— Joel Peretic (@joelperetic) December 21, 2012
Jared Shanker of ESPN reports on the factors the went into Foster's choice.
Two biggest factors I think: Robert Foster felt same comfort at #Bama as his HS and his mom said she reconciled with Bama during home visits— Jared Shanker (@JShankerESPN) December 21, 2012
Rivals' Mike Farrell talks about the impact on Pittsburgh, and also talks about the perception of Alabama after landing another star.
UnlimitedTide takes a graphic look at Saban's "reaction" to landing Foster.
Coach Saban's reaction to the Robert Foster signing. twitter.com/UnlimitedTide/…— UnlimitedTide (@UnlimitedTide) December 21, 2012
Foster changed his mind late in the process, according to Chris Peak of Panther-Lair.com. He was originally leaning toward Pitt.
The Crimson Tide continue to land elite recruit after elite recruit. It's not hard to figure out why they keep contending for national titles when you see the parade of talent heading to Tuscaloosa.