LB Reuben Foster commits to Alabama over UGA

It’s hard to get too excited about the commitments of football players who have yet to begin their junior year of high school.

With that said, the college decision of Reuben Foster is worth getting excited about it. As are a from others from the last few days.

The 2013 linebacker out of LaGrange’s Troup High School committed to Alabama over UGA on Monday. Foster attended Georgia’s “Dawg Night” football prospect camp on Friday and told reporters the two schools were “even.”

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Alabama's Nick Saban has landed Georgia's top junior LB and appears to be the school to beat for the state's No. 1 overall prospect for 2013 (AP Photo)

The 6-foot-2, 220-pounder is considered one of the nation’s top juniors at the linebacker position. Alabama also appears to be the frontrunner for another elite Georgia prospect, Grayson High School defensive end Robert Nkemdiche, who is a candidate to be the USA’s No. 1 college football prospect for 2013. (click on story link)

“I know playing for a coach like Nick Saban that I will be taken care of,” Foster told Scout.com’s Chad Simmons. “Coach Saban not only teaches football, but he teaches his players about life. My family wants me to play for a man like that.”

Back to UGA: The Bulldogs landed three 2013 commitments at Dawg Night, led by Camden County QB Brice Ramsey. He picked the Bulldogs over offers from Florida, FSU and Clemson. Ramsey was scheduled to attend Alabama camp this week but canceled after committing (click on story link)

Another UGA 2013 commit from Dawg Night, RB Derrick Henry, is a candidate to be the state of Florida’s top prospect for that year’s class of prospects.

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150 comments Add your comment

Proud-Dawg

July 18th, 2011
5:01 pm

Nice pick-up by Bama…Foster is one of top 3 players in state for 2013

bwkdawg

July 18th, 2011
5:02 pm

Congrats to Bama, how quick things can change at dawg nite he said bama and uga were his top two neither the leader.

1eyedJack

July 18th, 2011
5:05 pm

I guess we didn’t “show him enough love”.

Bama Stan

July 18th, 2011
5:17 pm

Poor Mark Richt. Maybe he can find some football players for a group hug on campus today to console him. Roll Tide!!!!

Randall "Pink" Floyd

July 18th, 2011
5:17 pm

Good get by Bama. Hope we can change his mind before 2/13.

RabidDawgFan

July 18th, 2011
5:18 pm

Good choice kid, being a Dawg fan, I’d love to see you in Red and Black but Alabama is a great program and you’ll probably win yourself a ring while your there. Enjoy it and keep your head in them books. Go Dawgs! ! ! !

RabidDawgFan

July 18th, 2011
5:19 pm

Bama Stan, I’m not even going to comment because you know what kind of recruiting haul we’ve had this past weekend. It speaks for itself. Go screw yourself.

Tide Realist

July 18th, 2011
5:23 pm

You Mutts might have a chance at Reuben because Kirby Smart will be Georgia’s coach next year after Richt is canned after losing to Boise State and South Carolina.

Just kidding.

Not about Richt or Kirby Smart, but about Reuben. He’s ALL ALABAMA with King Saban here! Roll Tide!

Chi Town

July 18th, 2011
5:26 pm

Respect Saban.

bwkdawg

July 18th, 2011
5:30 pm

Why is it that Bama gets a really good recruit out of GA, dawg fans congradulate them and you have guys like tide realist and bama stan get on here and start bashing. How bout lets talk recruiting.

ATL Sports Fan

July 18th, 2011
5:35 pm

Tide Realist, I don’t think many UGA Alums or TRUE fans want Kirby Smart as the next head coach. This alum would love to have Charlie Strong as the next head coach at UGA, whenever it is.

On the other hand, your just like 75% of the other Alabama fans, a fan of another SEC congratulates your a good pick up and all you do is spew hate.

Real Problem

July 18th, 2011
5:42 pm

Not a loss, we don’t need linebackers at Georgia. That’s what I heard when D. Lee went to Bama. We are going to run a 3-0-8, nobody has ever done that in college football. Dare anyone to pass on us, BUT we don’t have any DB’s either. OK, we have been doing a good job of recruiting defensive lineman so we run a 11-0-0. If I hear one more Georgia fan say we don’t need SOMETHING I AM GOING TO SCREAM. Hear me well, WE NEED EVERYTHING.
Once again, good job Bama……

Bill

July 18th, 2011
5:52 pm

Maybe he can help them hold a 24-0 lead.

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just the truth

July 18th, 2011
6:08 pm

With Nkemdiche were talking about a kid with a severe academic deficiency but yet we are all applauding because of his out of classroom endeavors. What happened to the days of having true legitimate college students who deserve to be applauded for having both. Way too much money to be had for schools that will warrant making up elementary degrees to keep players eligible.

Paddy

July 18th, 2011
6:21 pm

just the truth….well said!

frankly

July 18th, 2011
6:34 pm

Gotta do something ON the field or we will continue to lose too many elite homegrown players to our rivals.

Sneadaker

July 18th, 2011
6:38 pm

And bigtime LB/Athlete Justin King to Tennessee today.
I may jump off the nearest bridge.

Sean

July 18th, 2011
6:44 pm

UGA will definitely get more than their fair share of recruits in and out of the state. Good luck with pounding Boise St!
Roll Tide

Garev

July 18th, 2011
6:44 pm

We’re getting our tails kicked by Alabama auburn and leu. What is the coaching staff doing. Five stars verses 3 stars won’t cut it. 2012 and 2014 are a long way off. Is Richt and his staff out beating the bushes? Sure don’t look or feel that way. I am Very Concerned

Special K

July 18th, 2011
6:46 pm

Glad for the pick up. Just hope is sticks. RTR !!!!

wreckmaniac

July 18th, 2011
7:17 pm

Who is going to replace Richt ? Wake up people. He will be coaching UGA when most of us are dead. At least another 50 years. He’ll make Joe Pa look like a college senior. He’ll be coaching UGA when he’s in wheelchair and the game is played on a computer without actual players.

Gunsmoke

July 18th, 2011
7:20 pm

You can’t get em all but 4 is a darn good start.

BamaAtl

July 18th, 2011
7:24 pm

BamaStan is an idi*t. Welcome to the Tide Reuben.

wreckmaniac

July 18th, 2011
7:24 pm

Bama fans, Gator fans, why do you even bother to raz the dawgs. We all know that “top recruits” turn to jelly when they get to UGA. Happens every year.

MaconKnight

July 18th, 2011
7:35 pm

2013 is still a ways away we arent just going to stop recruiting this kid or Lee’s younger brother, if UGA will play ball the way it did from 2002-2005.. then UGA wont have to compete with BAMA or any other school for home grown talent, they will all want to stay home and play for the home school…

Saban

July 18th, 2011
7:41 pm

So many Georgia players, so little time. Kirby bring me a beer.

TampaDAWG

July 18th, 2011
7:41 pm

Thanks for showing class Sean. The rest of you Bama and Florida idiots should kill yourselves. I guess you forgot that we took the top wr from USC, the top RB from Florida and one of if not the top rated QB for the 2013 class not to mention John Theus and the RB for the 2014 class. You are all morons if you think UGA can’t recruit, won’t recruit or won’t win again. One bad season and you jump on it. And for Florida fans with a new coach coming off a 5 loss season! How can you talk any smack?

bamaguy

July 18th, 2011
7:52 pm

There seems to be enough good players to go around but we are glad to have him. Besides, these kids need to concentrate on high school and, most importantly, not getting hurt. It can all be gone with one major injury.

PS We are counting on UGA to “hush up” that “Boise gets no respect from the BCS” crowd.

Don

July 18th, 2011
7:52 pm

Must be piss on UGA day at the old AJC. Thanks for all the negative headlines! I wouldn’t call the loss of a one recruit and Carlton Thomas for a game or two that important in the whole scheme of things.

bamaguy

July 18th, 2011
7:55 pm

TampaDawg: Two of the more interesting things this season will be seeing just how good Auburn can be without Cam and how good can Florida be without Urban and Tebow. Was it the Malzahn offense or was it just Cam? Is Florida Florida without Urban and Tebow?

TampaDAWG

July 18th, 2011
8:01 pm

bamaguy,

I agree. I think Auburn will be average without Cam but only because they have a lot of talent everywhere else on the field. I think to run the spread offense in the SEC you have to have the perfect QB to be good. UF had Tebow and the first year without him they were average. Without Cam saving their butts every week Auburn will have it a bit tougher since they have to deal with Bama, LSU, and Ark.

TiderInsider

July 18th, 2011
8:02 pm

If I have to spend an entire football season hearing how Boise St. held its own against an SEC school and ran the table on its pathetic schedule I am going to puke. Please, please, please just handle your business against those clowns like 05′ so they can slide back to oblivion.

TampaDAWG

July 18th, 2011
8:03 pm

With Florida and their new coach, they go to a pro style offense but now they have to find a running back who fits that mold. Neither Demps or Rainey (even though they can both fly) can’t consistently run between the tackles. Your thoughts?

Joe

July 18th, 2011
8:03 pm

Nick Saban teaches his kids about the cruel business of football. If you want a man to take care of you in life, you are choosing the wrong school. I hate to see such misguided parents making decisions for their kids. Hope he does not get hurt in the next year and a half, or he will certainly be looking for a college scholarship from someone else.

GrantParkGator

July 18th, 2011
8:04 pm

Bamaguy: UF may never reach those levels again but the program has PROVED they can beat UGA ….”the Zook” had a winning record against CMR. lmao that’s SAD!

Paul N Destin

July 18th, 2011
8:05 pm

2013 is a long time folks. UGA will have a new coach and some real excitement going on in Athens. UGA is a great coaching position and the new AD plans to fill the void with Richt.

Note Reuben’s comments about Nick will take care of him and his family wants him to play for a person like Nick in addition he will be ready for the NFL in 3 years. Many of you throw rocks at Nick for managing his numbers but if you want success then your coach will have to do the same. All these three and out guys make recruiting good but hard for the coach. You need to stop throwing rocks at Nick Saban because he is running a 1st class program. Once all Shula’s folks were gone then our problems have been few. Character matters and the parents of these kids like when someone like Nick tells them he will take charge of their sons and make them toe the line and make them a solid citizen and even perhaps get to the league if they have the talent and the drive. Stay tuned this week to the plains because sheet is in the works. You have never seen anything like what is about to happen on the plains…SMU is children stuff compared to AU. UGA will have another shot at some of these players that selected thug U so just hold on to your hat.

Sneadaker

July 18th, 2011
8:09 pm

It took Richt 2 ’ships to get Theus considering the ‘wasted one’
from a year ago.

Ya know what I mean?

bamaguy

July 18th, 2011
8:10 pm

Joe, the “cruel business of football” IS life. It’s the real world. It’s how things work in the real world. One thing you will always get from Saban: The Truth, even when you don’t want to hear it. One thing you will never get from Saban: A Group Hug.

PS if the kids gets seriously injured, he won’t get an offer from UGA either.

BamaCLT

July 18th, 2011
8:20 pm

You know, I only read through the first 10 posts or so, but I have to say that the Georgia fans on this site are class acts. It could have went downhill after 10, but it’s refreshing to see class. I’m just accustomed to Auburn fans, I guess.

Tideman

July 18th, 2011
8:26 pm

@ bamaguy…… now that was funny. LMAO, This was a good pick up but there is a lot of time for this kid to change his mind. Hope he doesn’t but other coaches will still be calling.

Joe

July 18th, 2011
8:27 pm

Saban is a modern-day slaveowner. As long as the production is good, the master is happy. As soon as the kid can’t cut it, the master sells the kid down the river.

SEC football as a whole isn’t much different, but Saban is clearly the big boss. IF that is what Foster means when he says that he will be “taken care of” then he probably does need to learn some life lessons.

Brown Dog

July 18th, 2011
8:30 pm

Reuben Foster was a great get for Alabama, similar to at least two of the talents Georgia hauled in Friday night. Appears the two schools are running neck and neck in the 2013 derby.

KJ

July 18th, 2011
8:32 pm

“One thing you will never get from Saban: A Group Hug.”

Hate to break this to you kid, but if Saban thought giving a recruit a tuggie would get him a step closer to another ring, he’d do it.

Beast from the East

July 18th, 2011
8:46 pm

“And for Florida fans with a new coach coming off a 5 loss season! How can you talk any smack?”

It’s called bragging rights. Win one every now and then and you can experience it.

Gators picked up another verbal.
http://www.gatorsports.com/article/20110718/ARTICLES/110719633/1153?Title=UF-picks-up-15th-verbal-commitment

Dawg 1

July 18th, 2011
8:47 pm

Congrats to the young man, congrats to Bama.

bamaguy

July 18th, 2011
8:48 pm

I graduated from Alabama in the 70’s, I am hardly a kid. And I don’t think Saban hugs anyone except Miss Terry (for you non-Alabama fans, that’s his wife).

Brown Dog, as I said, there seems to be enough top recruits to go around. Kids and their parents make the choices they do for varied reasons.

JB

July 18th, 2011
8:59 pm

As the study reveled last week, recruiting is NOT our problem.The winds of change are finally blowing in Athens, and it will Bama’s worst nightmare.

NC Dawg

July 18th, 2011
9:06 pm

Joe, I agree. If you want kids to learn life, then Richt is the way to go. I doubt
Saban is taking any kids on a missionary trips or to see terminally ill kids. If you want to learn about winning or being taken care of in “other” ways, then maybe Saban is the right choice,

Saban is a liar

July 18th, 2011
9:06 pm

Saban will not be there by the time this young astute judge of charactor enrolls at the cheatenest institute in toothlessloosa