Georgia’s Mark Richt has his eyes on Alabama’s top football recruit for 2013.
The coach of the SEC East champions recently hosted linebacker Reuben Foster of Troup County and let him know that he’s a priority for the Bulldogs.
The 6-foot-1, 240-pound Foster has been committed to Alabama since last summer, before the start of his junior year.
"I chose Alabama because of the tradition they have and it is like family there," Foster told Scout.com. "They have a lot of national championships and that is what I want to play for. I also like how they put a lot of linebackers in the NFL because that is where I want to play."
"I know playing for a coach like Nick Saban that I will be taken care of. Coach Saban not only teaches football, but he teaches his players about life. My family wants me to play for a man like that."
While Foster remains firm in his pledge to Alabama, he has visited Georgia often, including a trip in December that he called “awesome.”
Foster told OnlineAthens.com that he enjoyed his trip and that UGA was coming on strong.
“Georgia is coming strong and very hard at me,” Foster said. “I like Georgia — I always have — but Alabama is still No. 1. Georgia is up there now, and they are higher than they have been. It was awesome at Georgia, and I loved everything about the visit. I know we will be talking again soon.”
Richt is aware that Foster is firmly committed to Alabama, but he isn’t fazed. In fact, Georgia had Foster back in Athens again just a couple of weeks ago.
It’s easy to troll homers who, under a banner of objectivity, pump sunshine and do their best to protect the backside of the home team. The harder that backside gets kicked on the recruiting trail, the harder the homers pump and the easier it is to spot’em.
Over here at IBCR, we are just as biased as the AJC. The difference is we don’t try to hide it and in fact, we embrace it. It’s called being honest with readers, and as long as you’re honest, you’re trusted.