Posted by Bryan Fischer
With film so readily available nowadays, the evaluation process coaches go through is steadily getting earlier and earlier. As a result, scholarship offers or commitments from recruiting classes beyond the upcoming one aren't all that uncommon.
Alabama has been known for their talent at evaluating under Nick Saban, but he wasn't the only one to recognize that LaGrange (Ga.) linebacker Reuben Foster was a talent, so Saban locked the rising-junior up on Monday with a commitment at the Crimson Tide's summer camp.
"I come up here and it's like family to me," Foster told BamaOnLine.com. "I didn't want to wait any longer, so I told Coach today I was coming. It was the right fit for me, and I wanted to go ahead and start focusing on other stuff besides recruiting. The thing is, I fit in here. It's simple for me because I know I can come in and play and Alabama is going to compete every year for a national championship. That, and the way the coaches and players treat me is all I was looking for in a school. It's the perfect fit."
The 6-foot-1, 210-pounder is regarded by some to be one of the best players in the class of 2013, and Georgia recruiting analyst Kipp Adams says Foster could be the best linebacker to come out of Georgia the past five years.
"Coach Saban sat me down and laid out his plans for me, and I loved everything I heard," Foster said. "It's a great system for me, and they know how to get guys ready for life after football. I look at the great players that have played at Alabama and I want to be part of that. We have a great tradition and history, and I'm honored to have the chance to maybe someday add to that."
Foster is the third commit for Alabama's 2013 class and is the first of the group on defense.