Published at 1 p.m. Friday
One thing that makes college football recruiting so entertaining to follow is that it’s always full of surprises. They’re never-ending.
Reuben Foster, the 5-star linebacker who is being targeted by UGA, turned some heads when he said that a good daycare program and good babysitters would affect his college decision, reported ESPN.com’s Kipp Adams (click for story).
Foster, who de-committed from Auburn last week, has a 3-year old daughter named A’Ziya Blackmon. In trying to be a good father, Foster said his daughter’s care and concerns will impact his college decision:
“The school I pick has to have a good daycare program and good babysitters in case she wants to spend the night with me and I have football,” Foster told ESPN. “They coaches have to have a good bond with her too. My little girl has to like them and she knows who she likes. She likes Auburn — and she likes Alabama. Those are the only two schools she likes, but she has not seen Georgia yet but I plan to take her there to see them too.”
Foster also told the website that he will take an official visit to Washington on Jan. 11, and will plan recruiting trips to LSU, UGA, Miami and probably South Carolina.
Foster originally committed to Alabama two summers ago, stayed committed for nearly a year, and then switched to Auburn last July. The day after the announcement, he got a gigantic Auburn tattoo on his foreman out of allegiance to the Tigers.
Last week, Foster de-committed from Auburn after the Tigers did not retain assistant Trooper Taylor, whom Foster considers to be a mentor and father figure. Trooper has had unlimited access to Foster — perfectly legal under NCAA rules — because his son plays on the same high school football team in Auburn, Ala.
Foster starred at Georgia’s Troup High School under his junior season, then deciding to transfer after his coach was fired.
What about UGA? Foster said that representatives from the Bulldogs, including defensive coordinator Todd Grantham, visited him twice at Auburn High School since he de-committed from Auburn University, according to Adams. What about the tattoo? Foster said UGA’s coaches told him he could simply cover it by wearing long sleeves. Foster stated on Twitter recently that he will keep the tattoo in memory of a late cousin who played football at Auburn.
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