First posted at Inside The Shoe (includes video highlights)
Although the 2012 recruiting class has not yet been finished, with the recent hiring of Urban Meyer, 2013 has already perked some interest into Buckeye fans across the country. With that said, here are our efforts to give you the in-depth knowledge about who Ohio State's top targets are.
There's a reason that '13 wide receiver recruit Robert Foster starts off our 2013 recruiting profiles: He's simply the best of the best. The junior from Central Valley has already been offered from a multitude of schools, including our very own Buckeyes. Ohio State isn't the only one noticing the game-breaking receiver, as Foster currently holds offers from Ohio State, Notre Dame, Michigan State, Penn State, West Virginia, Virginia, Rutgers, Pitt, and Purdue.
At 6'2'', 175 pounds, Foster could very well be one of those few players that you don't say no to. All-State in Class 3A as both a wide receiver and a punt returner during his sophomore season, he put up some serious numbers: 45 carries for 406 yards with 3 rushing touchdowns, and 25 receptions for 520 yards. As a junior, Foster did a little bit of everything in helping the Warriors finish 11-1. He caught 37 passes for 584 yards and five touchdowns, including a long of 99. He rushed another 36 times for 419 yards and two scores, including a long of 55.
He can play defense, too: From his safety spot, Foster registered 57 tackles, four interceptions, three pass breakups and a forced fumble. His team lost in the state championship, but heading into next year will no doubt be an exciting one for Foster as he returns as a senior with a lot of attention focused on him and his team as they try and make another title run.
If you've ever heard the phrase "Hold your breath when (they) get the ball" it applies perfectly for Robert Foster. The kid has a knack for coming up with plays when his team needs them the most. Returning punts, kickoffs, or just short passes intended to get a first down or a couple of yards can easily turn into 70+ yard plays on one quick move. With Urban Meyer's type of offense, Foster would be a great fit as a go-to receiver. He is by and far one of the most explosive players in the country. He is literally a threat to score any time he touches the ball, and has game changing speed with the ability to change gears at any point in time.
There’s a reason why his coach puts him in so many situations. Whenever he’s involved, good things tend to happen. Even with the punting. Last year in a game against New Castle, Foster was punting from deep in his own end. The snap went over his head and bounced through the end zone. But Foster managed to stop the ball just inches from the back of the end zone. With his heels nearly touching the end line, Foster picked up the ball, surveyed the field in front of him, and then he took off. He returned the ball to the 40-yard line, giving his team a first down.
Robert is elusive in the open field and is a very dangerous return man, which makes him very versatile, something that Urban Meyer has proved time and time again that those types of players are his favorite. See: Harvin, Percy. Foster is a big time vertical threat who can go up and get the ball but also possesses outstanding ball skills and seems to come up big when he needs to.
He is still raw and learning with every rep, but that's what junior year is for: refining your skills and getting ready for that break-out senior year. He's already got the talent and his skill set is very high already, now he needs to work on the little things and refine them. Foster is the #1 ranked Wide Receiver in 247's Top 247, and also the #14 prospect overall.
For the video highlights of Foster's sophomore and junior year, please visit the orignial post at Inside The Shoe