Pitt football recruiting: Robert Foster picks Alabama

Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

Robert Foster will not be playing for his hometown Pitt Panthers next season. The Monaca native is headed to Alabama instead.

Wide receiver Robert Foster announced that he will attend Alabama next season, according to Jerry DiPaola. The 6'3, 190-pound senior at Central Valley is the No. 2 receiver on the ESPN 150. Foster is one of this year's most prized recruits and will participate in the Under Armour All-America Game in January.

The Monaca, Pa. native was approached by Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oregon, USC, West Virginia, and others. Foster logged official visits with Alabama and Pitt in October and November. The Crimson Tide and Panthers have long been known as his two top choices.

Pitt's leader in receiving yards, senior Mike Shanahan (926 yards, 58 receptions, five touchdowns), is expected to enter the NFL Draft in 2013. Devin Street, the Panthers' receptions leader, is a junior and plans to return to Pitt for one more season.

Alabama has no scholarship receivers who are expected to graduate or leave, so the Crimson Tide will return their full receiving corps in 2013.

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