Babysitter and children’s daycare will impact decision of UGA target Reuben Foster

5-star LB Reuben Foster said his daughter's care and concerns will affect his impending college decision (AJC)

5-star LB Reuben Foster said his daughter's care and concerns will affect his impending college decision (AJC)

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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118 comments Add your comment

KINGDAWG

December 14th, 2012
1:39 pm

Pilfer Dawg

December 14th, 2012
1:42 pm

Reuben seems like a really talented guy but so was Crowell. I’m content as a UGA fan if he doesn’t come to Athens. Actually I would prefer he go elsewhere.

Banished to South Dakota

December 14th, 2012
1:43 pm

He shows some character with the amount of love he’s showing his daughter. Having a 3 year old so young, must be tough.

Pilfer Dawg

December 14th, 2012
1:52 pm

That’s true Banished, didn’t think of it that way. Still I just smell too much drama with this guy. I don’t see him coming to UGA. I would say he goes elsewhere. A toss up really

Bama Time

December 14th, 2012
1:55 pm

Maybe he shoud have thought about these concerns 3 years and 9 months ago. But that is the society of today.

G-Dawg

December 14th, 2012
2:05 pm

He’ll end back up at Bama.

23 SEC Titles

December 14th, 2012
2:09 pm

Please not Alabama….

JB

December 14th, 2012
2:31 pm

Do we have day care at the football practice field?

JB

December 14th, 2012
2:32 pm

He won’t end up at Georgia

JB

December 14th, 2012
2:33 pm

Richt/Grantham…………………………RUN !!!!!!!

JB

December 14th, 2012
2:35 pm

awkward moment when he met Richt for the first time and said ” I understand you a baby daddy too…”

JB

December 14th, 2012
2:36 pm

Trooper Taylor a daddy figure to him……What else you need to know?

JB

December 14th, 2012
2:37 pm

Maybe Saban will set up a crib in his office for the little tot.

bham dawg

December 14th, 2012
2:37 pm

@Holy Guacamole… Duke?

7576DAWG

December 14th, 2012
2:40 pm

Why should family matters be a concern now they certainly weren’t a few years ago when there was only one thing on Reuben’s mind. He just made a mistake is not an excuse . A real man doesn’t bring a child into this world until he is physically and mentally ready to be father and husband. Children are just too important to show such a lack of love and irresponsibility. Good luck with that role model thing.

tom

December 14th, 2012
2:42 pm

“money matter”

JB

December 14th, 2012
2:43 pm

I don’t think Saban touch’s this one.So that’s saying something.

SMH

December 14th, 2012
2:45 pm

The guy is a father to his child its called being responsible compare him to Crowell all you want this guy is 18 trying to make a tough decision that will impact his families futures you armchair qb’s make me vomit with laughter

JB

December 14th, 2012
2:45 pm

Sad, even Pro players without a solid foundation end up broke and on food stamps…..Even after 20-30 million dollars going through their hands.

Alabama Jack

December 14th, 2012
2:59 pm

Is it just me or is there something wrong about children having children???

DAWGFAN

December 14th, 2012
2:59 pm

Gotta agree – too much drama with this guy – seems to love the spotlight a little too much – won’t break my heart if he goes elsewhere.

bham dawg

December 14th, 2012
3:12 pm

@Sam… he’s 19 going to be 20 in april. still young and obviously not the sharpest tool in the shed.

JB

December 14th, 2012
3:39 pm

You paying Lars……..And will pay mo and mo……..And any money you have….. You didn’t earn that.

RNB

December 14th, 2012
3:44 pm

WOW. That’s all I can say.

Kramer

December 14th, 2012
3:44 pm

Holy crap! How times have changed. Sad, so sad.

JK

December 14th, 2012
3:52 pm

As if the Auburn tatoo wasn’t enough of a red flag…

Brick

December 14th, 2012
3:55 pm

Rueben isn’t the first 15 year old to father a child and he won’t be the last, but have to admire him for being in the child’s life and attempting to care for her. Not saying it’s right, but it is part of today’s society.. Where ever he ends up, you can bet he won’t be the only guy there with a child.

GoBigDog

December 14th, 2012
4:00 pm

For once, it appears that most Dawg and Tide fans on this blog agree. Priceless? With this guy, “priceless” is more like an antonym. We all know where “the money was just too good.”

Sam

December 14th, 2012
4:02 pm

He’s going to be 20 in April yet he is still in HIGH SCHOOL? Academically there would be no way his grades could be good enough to get into UGA. What has he been doing the 2 extra years???

Feller

December 14th, 2012
4:10 pm

Umm… football programs offer daycare?

Marseilles Mutt

December 14th, 2012
4:12 pm

……so my basic question is this. “Why the heck do we even care?”

As Willie the Bard once remarked, “Who giveth an effin rats ass!” …..or words to that effect.

McDawg

December 14th, 2012
4:21 pm

which is why he should go to Auburn

doofus

December 14th, 2012
4:30 pm

Worried about daycare when his daughter visits? Why is he visiting Washington?

JRW7

December 14th, 2012
4:33 pm

Sorry about jumping the gun, I don’t think UGA needs RF!

DawgsForever

December 14th, 2012
4:44 pm

It is a privilege to play for Georgia. Not the other way around where it is a privilege for Georgia to cater to all your needs and wants. Be a Dawg because you WANT to be a Dawg. Everywhere you go, there will be some sort of support system to help you succeed. So Reuben, please, don’t pull a Robert Nkemdiche, mature for a little bit, and realize that the world does not revolve around you.

Moobs Johnson

December 14th, 2012
4:52 pm

Since pretty much all the SEC schools weight rooms, practice facilities, etc. are all on the same level, will the next wave of expansion be world class daycares for potential recruits?

Richie Cunningham

December 14th, 2012
5:00 pm

Please, Please, Please, Please dont come to UGA.

ryan

December 14th, 2012
5:02 pm

I am starting to agree with you guys Ruben’s kid is cute and adorable but we should not have to baby sit to get a player we need to focus on Mon. Adams and L. Tunsil those two players are bigger gets for UGA .

Joey

December 14th, 2012
5:03 pm

Wouldn’t the mom be the “day care program?”

Gorilla Biscuit

December 14th, 2012
5:04 pm

Adolescent silverbacks don’t mate in my troop. If they do, I beat the crap out of them and make them r-u-n-n o-f-t. Mating is only for the big banana.

kral

December 14th, 2012
5:09 pm

An we thought you only had an opportunity for a college education with a scholly..now you also may get daycare and god-parents

Joey

December 14th, 2012
5:12 pm

Enter your comments here

Icenupe89

December 14th, 2012
5:33 pm

Some of you people disgust me. Here is a kid trying to do the best for his child and you dog him for it? What if it was the other way around and he was doing nothing for his child? And for any Alabama fan talking trash about Ruben Foster – Trent Richardson had a child too.

Honker

December 14th, 2012
5:48 pm

If Georgia wanted to seal the deal they would have UGA there for his daughter’s visit.

DawgsForever

December 14th, 2012
5:56 pm

There you go Reuben. Make sure you visit, and make sure YOU figure out how YOU are going to pay for it. There will be PLENTY of “babysitters” at UGA willing to take care of your daughter for you.

http://universitychildcarecenter.uga.edu/

Paul in NH

December 14th, 2012
5:59 pm

Good luck to Reuben Foster – it’s difficult enough to go to school and play Division 1 without having a child. Rennie Curran managed it at UGA so it can be done.

Rick James

December 14th, 2012
6:00 pm

@A person SMART enough to know…..

19-20 year old High School graduate…………….Boy that is a ROCKET SCIENTIST for sure………I am so surprised STANFORD, Georgia TECH, Notre Dame, MIT, Duke and Vandy are not on his list………LMMFAO
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No,Tech’s not on his list because (a) he’s already on a high school football team (b) he’s not being recruited by Furman and East Tennesee St.(c) He would like to play in major football conference..

Rick James

December 14th, 2012
6:11 pm

Hey Rueben why dont you hire Trooper Taylor to baby sit I’m sure he could use the extra change.And if your daughter likes Auburn and Alabama coaches then they sounds like the places for you to me..I have a sneaky suspition that an NCAA investigation may follow Mr Foster.I think Georgia will be ok if they can land Adams and Toby Johnson..

Buddy Landel

December 14th, 2012
6:24 pm

“They coaches have to have a good bond with her too. My little girl has to like them and she knows who she likes
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I know English Lit. teachers can’y wait to meet this scholar.

SKB

December 14th, 2012
6:30 pm

DO NOT COME HERE IN ANY CIRCUMSTANCES
3 year old at this freaking age… are you KIDDING me? Is this a JOKE?
IF UGA gets him I am no longer a fan