— Derrick Henry (@KingHenry_2) December 21, 2012
Wide receiver prospect Robert Foster of Pennsylvania announced Thursday he has chosen Alabama over homestate favorite Pitt. With him picking the Crimson Tide, Rivals.com moved Alabama from fifth to first in its recruiting rankings.
Scout.com has him as the nation’s No. 3 receiver prospect and a five-star player. ESPN.com has him as the No. 2 receiver. Rivals.com ranks Foster as the 10th best receiver in the country and a four-star prospect.
Foster, who is listed at 6-foot-3 and 190 pounds, attends Central Valley High at Monaca, Pa., which is about 26 miles from Pittsburgh. His announcement came at a news conference at his school.
He is the first five-star receiver to choose Alabama since Julio Jones in 2008. Tide commitments Rivals lists as five-star prospects include defensive end Jonathan Allen of Stone Bridge High in Ashburn, Va., and tight end O.J. Howard of Autauga Academy. Scout.com rates five Tide commitments as five-star players, including Foster, Howard, Salt Lake City quarterback Cooper Bateman, Jacksonville, Fla., defensive lineman Demarcus Walker and Yulee, Fla., running back Derrick Henry.
The Crimson Tide now has 20 commitments for its 2013 class, including junior college transfer Leon Brown, who signed with Alabama earlier this week and will begin classes in January.
Henry offered his congratulations on Twitter (at the top of this post) to Foster and Alabama assistant coach Lance Thompson, who was in charge of recruiting Foster.