Justin Foster, one of the nation’s top linebackers, is planning on narrowing down his list to eight schools before his senior season begins. He already knows one school that will make the cut.
Foster, a four-star prospect from Crest High School (Shelby, N.C.), was offered by Alabama Tuesday, and the Crimson Tide will be one of his final schools.
“It’s a school I’ve watched growing up,” Foster told SEC Country. “It’s kind of hard not to watch the team that’s always fighting for a championship and winning 10-plus games. I just haven’t visited them yet, but I will be soon. If I get a good vibe from the campus and my family likes it a lot, I will definitely be keeping them around.”
The 6-foot-3, 220-pounder claims 19 offers, and he crossed off one that he was hoping to get before the time comes to focus on just a select few schools.
“That was one of the final offers that I was really waiting on,” Foster said. “When I start narrowing down my list, I was hoping Alabama would have offered me by then. They just won a national championship. They recruit the best players in the country.”
Foster spent 20 minutes on the phone with Nick Saban Tuesday. During the conversation, the five-time national champion told him how he plans on using him if he committed to Alabama and told him about the academics at the school.
When it comes down to making his final decision, which he says may come two months before National Signing Day next year, academics will be the biggest deciding factor for his decision.
“I want to major in mechanical engineering and play football,” he said. “Growing up, my family had a racecar and they would take me to the track. When I was younger, I would help build motors and try to figure out how things worked. Now, all I do is work on cars. I want to get a degree in mechanical engineering and work in automotive engineering when I finish school.”
The U.S. Army All-American will have a chance to take his first visit to Alabama on Feb. 27 for the Crimson Tide’s junior day event.
Foster is rated as the nation’s No. 5 outside linebacker and is the state of North Carolina’s top prospect, per the 247Sports composite.