Central Valley's Foster displays skills, humility
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Robert Foster has been named the No. 1 prospect in Pennsylvania and top receiver in the nation by and received an invitation Wednesday to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
The Central Valley junior recently received a scholarship offer from BCS national champion Alabama, to go along with offers from Atlantic Coast, Big East, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac 12 and Southeastern conference schools.
What Foster hasn't done is let any of it go to his head.
"It's really not a big deal," he said. "I'm not a very cocky guy at all. Someone can always do whatever they have to do to be that five-star recruit and No. 1 ranked receiver. I just do what I have to do, keep working hard and stay humble and believe in my team. I wouldn't be here without them.
"I don't look at myself or call myself the No. 1 wideout in the nation or the No. 1 player in the state. There can be someone out there better than I am. I allow people to say that to me because I accept the compliments, but I won't let it affect me or make me cocky because I'm not that type of person."
Foster goes to great lengths to show humility, a rarity in a world where recruits attempt to surprise by staging suspenseful Signing Day news conferences, making colleges wonder which hat they will choose to wear.
This makes Foster so welcome and refreshing, a kid who counts his blessings and credits his coaches and teammates for his own success.
Except for when you're trying to get him to talk about recruiting.
"I don't really like a lot of attention," Foster said. "I'm a laid-back guy, a regular kid. I don't really look at recruiting, at colleges and all of that. I feel like I'm a regular kid that doesn't have any scholarships."
Earlier this month, however, Foster spent time in the company of Ohio State's Urban Meyer and Penn State's Bill O'Brien for junior days. Seeing their campuses made him reconsider whether he wants to stay close to home or go away for college, giving Pitt some serious competition for his services.
"Once I got to (visit) Ohio State and Penn State, I felt maybe I should go somewhere far," Foster said. "You can't stay home forever. You've got to enjoy your life, grow up and become a man. I just want to go somewhere where I feel like I'm at Central Valley, like I'm at home and have a lot of people love me."
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