Alabama Football: What Robert Foster Brings to Crimson Tide

Alex HallCorrespondent IIIDecember 21, 2012

Photo courtesy of Lake Fong/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Photo courtesy of Lake Fong/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

According to Pittsburgh Tribune-Review writer Jerry DiPaola, elite wide receiver prospect Robert Foster will attend the University of Alabama. DiPaola broke the news on Twitter:

Central Valley WR Robert Foster says he will attend Alabama

— Jerry DiPaola (@JDiPaola_Trib) December 21, 2012

Foster is one of the nation's top wide receiver recruits heading into the 2013 college football season, if not the best. ESPN ranks him as the No. 2 receiver in its ESPN 150 high school rankings, which shows just what an elite talent Alabama received.

The Central Valley High School (Pa.) player is a 5-star prospect. At 6'2", 185 pounds, with a combined 26 touchdowns through the air and on the ground this season, it's not hard to figure out why.

Foster has shown ability to make tacklers miss both as a running back and wide receiver, and given his high praise from scouts, he should be an instant success with the Crimson Tide.

In his team's 2010 WPIAL Class AAA semifinals game, Foster scored four touchdowns for Central Valley in just the team's first 15 plays from scrimmage.

This wideout was a clear difference-maker for his high school whenever he stepped on the field and shouldn't have problem adjusting to the college level. When a player is used to dominating the opposition for so long, that issue can arise, but that's unlikely with Foster.

He's heading to a football program that has been to multiple BCS national title games under Nick Saban, who is arguably the best college coach in the game right now.

Foster will presumably also have quarterback AJ McCarron throwing him the football for the QB's senior season.

The one issue is the fact Alabama will have most of its receiving corps likely returning in 2013. DeAndrew White, Amari Cooper, Marvin Shinn and a few others are all ineligible to enter the 2013 NFL draft, meaning they'll be on Saban's squad for next year.

Alabama might have an embarrassment of riches at wide receiver, but prying Foster from Pitt must mean Saban and Co. told him he'll be a vital part of the offense. Given his talent and effectiveness on the high school level, it's hard to think Saban was telling anything but the truth if that conversation happened.

Foster is a tall, strong receiver who has every indication of being an NFL draft pick if all goes as planned on the college gridiron. Considering Saban's track record at Alabama with players at other positions, like Mark Barron, Trent Richardson and so on, this should be a win-win for both parties.