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Robert Foster is the No. 25 recruit on the ESPN list. Listed as an athlete by ESPN, Foster projects at wide receiver for the Crimson Tide according to Scout.com. He's the fourth-ranked receiver in the 2013 class.
Foster is up against Amari Cooper and Kevin Norwood for the starting wide receiver spot, and those are two huge talents to go up against. Cooper was a true freshman difference-maker in 2012, and Norwood is the Tide's second-leading receiver.
Norwood is consistently a dark-horse championship tool. He catches a few passes throughout the season, but he performs well in the national championship games.
Opponents prepare less for him than they do the leading receiver, and the results are astonishing:
2011: 17.3 yards per catch overall and 22 yards per catch during the national championship game.
2012: 15.9 yards per catch overall and 19.5 yards per catch during the national championship game.
If Foster is going to have a shot at displacing a starter, the best wide receiver since Julio Jones is not going to be the one. Foster is 6'3", 190 lbs. and has a 40 time of 4.82. He's a little taller and lighter than Norwood, and he will not be looking to redshirt for the Crimson Tide.
Norwood's time in the system will keep him as the starter, and it may allow Foster to successfully redshirt his first season to preserve the Tide's potential in the future.
That will not be an indication that he's worse than Norwood, merely that his skills are not needed as much in 2013 as they will be after Norwood leaves.
Verdict: Robert Foster is better than Kevin Norwood, but worse than Amari Cooper.