T he Alabama Crimson Tide landed commitments from prospects O.J. Howard and a top linebacker for the 2013 recruiting class, according to reports from recruiting services including Tidesports.com.
According to Tiderinsider ($) O.J. Howard committed to Alabama, “The 6-5, 215-pounder, who is expected to be one of the state’s top prospects in the 2013 class… Howard impressed Tide head coach Nick Saban enough to earn the offer. He wasted no time accepting.”
The other major commitment of the day was from top linebacker prospect Reuben Foster. According to a tweet from Bryan D. Fischer of CBS Sports, Reuben Foster “maybe best LB in Georgia past 5 yrs.” Another tweet seems to confirm the analysis, Gentry Estes reported via twitter that “FYI on Foster: He’s a candidate to be 247Sports’ No. 1 overall prospect for 2013.”
And 247Sports provides a bit more insight on Alabama football’s latest recruit. According to the interview with a Georgia recruiting expert, “When you look at him, you wouldn’t think he’s a Nick Saban linebacker. He’s not 6’3 and 245 pounds. Reuben’s about 6’0.5 and 210 or 215 pounds, but any doubts you have about his size are erased immediately when you see him play or watch the film. The fact that Alabama took him two years early shows that they don’t have any doubts either.”
You can watch highlights of Foster in this video clip: