Justin K. Aller
Last year, I watched Hopewell take on Central Valley on ESPNU. The main attraction, of course, was Rushel Shell, who had just announced his commitment to the Panthers. Central Valley did what any team would do against one of the most legendary high school players in Pennsylvania history - they loaded up the box to stop the run. And for most of the game, they were successful. Shell was able to break a few runs late, but the damage was done and Central Valley came away with the win.
But even though I had planned on doing things around the house while Hopewell was on defense, I couldn't stop watching Central Valle's offense. And that was because of one player who seemed every bit as electrifying as Shell.
Central Valley's Robert Foster is a star.
Since then, Robert Foster has been one of Pitt's biggest priorities. Of the three major WPIAL recruits (Foster, Pitt commit Dorian Johnson and Clairton's Tyler Boyd) the 6'2" receiver may be the most college-ready and have the highest ceiling. He will announce his college decision tomorrow at 2:30 at CV.
According to his coach, there will be plenty of drama:
"I don't think anybody has an idea of what he's going to do," Lyons said. "I'm not sure he has an idea."
Foster hasn't given any indication of where he'll commit, Lyons said. He previously narrowed his choices to Alabama and Pitt.
Since his recruitment began, Foster hasn't been looking for a coach to tell him how he fits in or that he could play right away. But he wants a school that reminds him of Central Valley.
"He wants that family atmosphere and a closeness in the community," Lyons said. "He likes being a high school student and a high school athlete. There is a comfortableness for him at Central Valley. When he finds the same feeling at a school, that's going to the deciding factor. I'm sure that's what he's been mulling over for the past two to three weeks."
According to Rivals' Mike Ferrell, Pitt fans should be in a celebatory mood by 3:00 tomorrow:
He later tweeted that it would be "stunning" if Foster picked Alabama over Pitt.
We'll find out soon enough. Check back for updates over the next 24 hours.