The future of Alabama football is very bright now that five-star wide receiver Robert Foster has announced his verbal commitment to the Crimson Tide.
Frankly, it was bright before Foster's commitment as well, but now that he's on board with Alabama, the sky is the limit—especially in regards to Alabama's passing game.
Andrew Bone of TideSports.com tweeted the news of Foster's decision:
Robert Foster, Rivals 100 wide receiver from Central Valley High School in Monaca, Pa., announces his commitment to #Alabama— Andrew Bone (@AndrewJBone) December 21, 2012
Foster is ranked as the No. 3 overall wide receiver in the 2013 recruiting class according to the 247Sports composite rankings, and he projects to be extremely good. He's 6'2'', 185 pounds and runs a 4.49 40 (247Sports), so he's got good size, and his speed will allow him to stretch the defense vertically.
He's also very quick, shifty and can pick up extra yardage after the catch.
Landing Foster's commitment has to make Alabama fans very excited for the future. He'll be a reliable target and should be able to make some big-time plays in the Crimson Tide's passing game.
Foster is also going to become a huge compliment for current wide receiver Amari Cooper.
As a freshman this season, Cooper hauled in an extremely impressive 895 yards and nine touchdowns on 53 receptions. He became a legitimate star receiver for the Crimson Tide and led the team in receiving by a long shot.
With the addition of Foster to the roster in 2013, Cooper is bound to only improve, especially if Foster gets playing time early.
Having two deep threats on the edges really puts a strain on defenses. If they focus too much on one, the offense can just start throwing to the other receiver. Both Cooper and Foster will be deep threats that defenses will be forced to respect, and they're both receivers that can make a defense pay for going to man coverage.
If the defense were to play a two-high safety zone though, Alabama could just counter with the run game, so it's really a lose-lose for defenses.
Great receivers have a way of making other receivers around them better, if just because of all the attention a great receiver demands from the defense.
In Alabama's case, they now have two great wide receivers.
There's no doubt in my mind that Cooper is a great, and Foster projects to be just as talented.
His talent, combined with Cooper's, will give Alabama the best receiver duo in college football.