All week long, Scout is naming a handful of 2013 prospects from each region who will be early five-stars. On Monday, three were named in the South, and Tuesday, two from the Midwest joined them. On Wednesday, one West Coast player joined the mix and today two players from the East Region join the mix.
The Class of 2013 may lack the depth of the Class of 2012, but it doesn't lack in upper echelon talent. There were a handful of players considered for the honor, but ultimately it comes down to two players from Pennsylvania and Delaware respectively. Monaca (Pa.) Central Valley wide receiver Robert Foster and Bear (Del.) Red Lion Christian Academy defensive tackle Kenny Bigelow.
After the Center and Monaca School Districts combined to make Central Valley everyone assumed the end product would be decent, but no one expected a (10-4) record and WPIAL Class AAA Championship in the Warriors inaugural football season. Foster was a huge reason for that success.
Foster played a number of positions including wide receiver, running back, quarterback, safety, cornerback and even punter. He caught 25 passes for 520 yards. He totaled another 406 yards rushing and scored 12 touchdowns. Seven scores came via catches, three rushing and two on punt returns. The big-play threat averaged (20.8) yards per catch and (9.0) yards per carry.
One look at the 6-foot-2, 190-pound, standout on film will show why he is one of the best wide receiver prospects to come out of Western Pennsylvania in a long time.
Foster doesn't get caught up in the recruiting process. He will be the first to tell you he really pays very little attention to it. He has confirmed an offer from Pittsburgh and it has been reported recently that he holds several other verbal offers from the likes of Penn State and Notre Dame among others.
Robert Foster 2010 Highlights: Watch Video
Bigelow is a rare commodity as an athletically gifted defensive tackle at 6-foot-3 and 280-pounds. Bigelow plays tight end, middle linebacker and defensive end for Red Lion, but his future will be at defensive tackle in college.
Scout.com staff members saw Bigelow a number of times this year and he is even more impressive in person than he is on film. His film though will demonstrate his athleticism and the potential that he holds. One clip we saw shows a blitzing Bigelow running full speed and hurdling an offensive lineman on his way to destroying another quarterback.
Bigelow already holds verbal offers from the likes of Auburn, Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland, Penn State, Rutgers, Temple and Virginia.
Kenny Bigelow 2010 Highlights: Watch Video
Scouting Report on Robert Foster.
Bob Lichtenfels/National Recruiting Analyst: I watched Foster a few times as a sophomore and you could see that he was going to be a big-time national recruit, but when you see the kid in person all it does is reassure you of that. He has elite speed. He can change a game on one play. Some folks tend to regionalize speed and you always hear that kid has Florida speed or southern speed, the bottom line is Foster is fast, regardless of where he is from. He has been clocked in the low (4.4) range, which impressive for his size.
As a sophomore, he was raw, but you could already see this summer he has worked on becoming consistent and has turned himself into an elite level prospect. Foster is more than a guy who runs fade routes and runs by everyone. He is a threat to score from anywhere on the field and he has. He is incredible in the air, when a ball is thrown up more often than not he is coming down with it.
He is very elusive in the open field, something you don't expect from a player of his size. He is still raw and learning the finer points of the receiver position, but once Foster puts it all together he may just become the best receiver in the nation, as well as a elite return man.
Brian Dohn/Northeast Recruiting Analyst on Foster.
When I look at Foster’s tape, I shake my head at his speed,acceleration and ability to change direction. By his second step he is near full speed, he knows how to set up his blocks in the open field and his balance is very good.
He is used in a variety of ways, and the threat he provides in the return game gives him even more value since he is already a threat to score on each pass. If he has open space, look out because no one is catching him.
Scouting Report on Kenny Bigelow:
Bob Lichtenfels/National Recruiting Analyst: it has been a while since I have seen such an athletic big man in the Northeast, but the first guy I thought about when I watched Bigelow was former North Carolina Tar Heel and now New York Giants defensive tackle Marvin Austin and that is high praise.
Bigelow may even be further ahead as a defensive player than Austin was at the same point in their careers. Despite, his size (6'3/280) Bigelow plays a number of positions defensive end, middle linebacker and tight end. He is very athletic and moves very well for a player his size. How often do you see a guy that big blitzing and sacking a quarterback or running sideline to sideline to bring down an opposing player from clear across the field? You really don't , but Bigelow does.
He is explosive and always plays at a low pad level when he engages in contact. The combination of strength and speed just seems to overwhelm most of the players he competes against. The explosive burst and athleticism that he displays will make him one of the elite defensive tackles in the nation.
Brian Dohn/Northeast Recruiting Analyst on Bigelow: I’ve seen Bigelow at camps five times, playing defensive end, defensive tackle, linebacker and tight end, and each time I came away thoroughly impressed with his athleticism for someone his size, and his strength.
Bigelow is explosive and knows how to get up under an offensive lineman and push him backwards, and has the speed to beat them to the outside and the quickness to go inside. He can play defensive end, and do it well, but he can be a special defensive tackle if he continues to develop.
And in addition to having great physical gifts, Bigelow also competes hard. So much so that on the rare occasion he doesn’t win a 1-on-1 in the camp setting, he gets frustrated, which he is working hard to correct.