Reuben Foster: Alabama LB recruit to transfer after coach’s firing

Reuben Foster, who is ranked as the nation’s No. 2 overall football prospect, told the AJC that he’s transferring to another high school for his senior season.

The 6-foot-2, 235-pound junior linebacker is committed to Alabama but still flirting with UGA and plans to attend Junior Day with the Bulldogs on Saturday.

Foster, along with several of his high school teammates, is upset over the controversial firing of Troup High School coach Charles Flowers.

“I’m definitely gone, I’m leaving, I’m out of here,” Foster told the AJC on Wednesday night. “Coach Flowers has changed my life. He’s like a father figure. It’s just not right with what happened.”

Big news for UGA: Reuben Foster, who is committed to Alabama, plans to visit UGA for Junior Day (AJC)

Big news for UGA: Reuben Foster, who is committed to Alabama, plans to visit UGA for Junior Day (AJC)

Flowers was fired from Troup on Tuesday apparently over the improper transfer of at least one football player into the school district, according to the AJC’s Todd Holcomb. However, the Georgia High School Association said it’s not investigating Troup for any alleged wrongdoing.

“Everybody is still mad about it, the whole school is still mad,” said Troup offensive lineman Joe Sanders, another college prospect who has early offers from Tennessee and South Florida. Sanders also hasn’t ruled out transferring from Troup. “I don’t know what we’re going to do. But we’re ‘one’ as a team, as we’re going to do it together.”

Foster and Sanders said at least 8-10 Troup teammates are considering transferring to another school before next season. The biggest loss would be Foster, who is considered the best football player out of the area since Tray Blackmon.

Troup has already named a coaching replacement, according to the players. They were told Troup linebackers coach Lynn Kendall will be promoted to the top spot. Foster confirmed he talked briefly with Kendall on Tuesday.

When Foster was asked what it would take for him to return to Troup for his senior season, he said, “We all want Coach Flowers back. That’s it. We want Coach Flowers back here.”

Fast forward to recruiting: Why is Foster visiting UGA this weekend? “They show me a lot of mad respect and love. I like the coaches, and they always show me a lot of attention. I’m still looking at Georgia but I’m still committed to Alabama … nothing has changed there. I’m just checking out some other places.”

Foster, who is ranked as the nation’s No. 2 overall prospect by 247sports.com, said he will also make an unofficial visit to Auburn in the near future.

RELATED: Newnan safety Tray Matthews, who is committed to UGA, gave a jolt to some Bulldog fans on Wednesday night when he said on Twitter “My dad wants to go check out Alabama.” Matthews narrowly committed to UGA over Alabama last summer

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454 comments Add your comment

The Truth

February 22nd, 2012
10:02 pm

Why would anybody want to play for the Alabama GREYSHIRTS?

Truth Be Told

February 22nd, 2012
10:04 pm

Todd Grantham needs to step up RIGHT NOW and become Foster’s new “father figure”.

It won’t happen until UGA has a killer fall on the D side of the ball, but Reuben and Tray will be Dawgs on signing day.

ThisAintCollege

February 22nd, 2012
10:05 pm

I hope these player’s parents plan on moving….Can’t just transfer from school to school legally….

King Dawg

February 22nd, 2012
10:05 pm

Reuben, thank God you’re visiting Georgia this weekend. Coach Mark Richt is a Christian man that you can trust, even if you get hurt (God forbid). He is a man of honor and integrity unlike Nick Saban. Come play for coaches you can trust Reuben at Georgia.

DawgTX

February 22nd, 2012
10:10 pm

Boy are those Alabama rednecks going to be ‘hoopin and hollerin’ after finding out that Reuben Foster is visiting the promised land in Athens!!! Rumor has it that Reuben will flip to Coach Richt this weekend. GO DAWGS!!!!

RTR45

February 22nd, 2012
10:11 pm

Maybe Mark Richt could hire his coach. It worked out well with Avery Young, didn’t it? LOLOL

slydog

February 22nd, 2012
10:12 pm

@ThisAintCollege

February 22nd, 2012
10:05 pm

“I hope these player’s parents plan on moving….Can’t just transfer from school to school legally….”

Ever heard of Lagrange High School? See, down here in south Georgia, most kids can choose between the municipal school or the county school. Some more examples include Newnan/ East Coweta (Coweta County), Griffin High / Spalding County High. Albany High / Dougherty County….

Well said

February 22nd, 2012
10:13 pm

If Foster transfers, let’s hope he stays in Georgia. Then UGA still has a chance to flip him (despite what some Bama fans think). I said chance. If he moves to B-ham, where he has some family, then he will end up at Bama.

BobDawg

February 22nd, 2012
10:14 pm

So does Tray want to check out Bammy or his “Dad”???

slydog

February 22nd, 2012
10:16 pm

Wouldn’t it be sweet if UGA bagged both Nkemdiche and Foster? If Bama did it, it wouldn’t be news at all. It’s rare, unless you are Florida, Alabama, USC, or Ohio St. to get the #1 and #2 overall prospects regardless of position.

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5150 UOAD

February 22nd, 2012
10:21 pm

What? how can he transfer in High School?

FL Jacket

February 22nd, 2012
10:22 pm

Interesting how the holier than thou Dwag fans ripping CPJ for doing what CMR is exactly doing…letting a kid visit because “he really isn’t committed”…have no issue with it when it benefits them…

Who’s the hypocrite now?

Tide Pride

February 22nd, 2012
10:24 pm

Once again the Tide get richer will the mutts once again lose more recruits. Tray Matthews come on to Bama, your dad is a smart man. ROLL TIDE!!!!!!

.

February 22nd, 2012
10:28 pm

FL Jacket — What are you talking about? CMR allows committed recruits to visit without making any threats of revoking their offer. How is he doing anything that CPJ does????

Kool like that

February 22nd, 2012
10:29 pm

Uh oh, someone check Probst’s roster for additions in the coming weeks. LOL

.

February 22nd, 2012
10:30 pm

@5150 — “Real BRITE”???? Ironic that, in your attempts to insult the kid’s intelligence, you mis-spell bright. Too funny.

FL Jacket

February 22nd, 2012
10:30 pm

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You mean he fills the spot with someone who actually does want to commit? Nice misuse of terms there….

Blackoutanyone?

February 22nd, 2012
10:30 pm

Folks it’s time to give up on Foster. He has been at both of Alabama’s junior day events and is one of Bama’s most active recruiters.

FL Jacket

February 22nd, 2012
10:31 pm

5150…

The dot obviously is too dumb to get sarcasm…

slydog

February 22nd, 2012
10:31 pm

@FL Jacket

February 22nd, 2012
10:22 pm

“Interesting how the holier than thou Dwag fans ripping CPJ for doing what CMR is exactly doing…letting a kid visit because “he really isn’t committed”…have no issue with it when it benefits them…

Who’s the hypocrite now?”

I don’t understand where you are coming from. What is wrong with letting a committed prospect (non-binding) visit another school? Do you see a report of his scholarship being pulled? Has CMR been quoted as saying he is still shopping for safeties? Common sense would dictate both CMR and CPJ would continue to recruit at a position because the commitment AND the scholarship offer is non-binding. Richt has not pulled a scholarship because somebody went looking around and someone else at the same position committed. So please help me to understand where you are coming from.

slydog

February 22nd, 2012
10:34 pm

5150 UOAD

If your parents move then you would have to transfer…lol. Anyway, kids change High Schools all the time, but it’s such a small percentage it’s easy to go unnoticed. If you look at my earlier post, those HS I named are quite interchangeable with no move required at all.

5150 UOAD

February 22nd, 2012
10:35 pm

Fl Jacket I was not going to respond and let him think he is So Smart. Hahaha Why would 5150 bold type BRITE like the Light-BRITE game?

FL Jacket

February 22nd, 2012
10:36 pm

Sly dog…

The scholarship was pulled for Tre Jackson in 2010 and Dontae Aycock in 2009 because they took their OVs elsewhere without telling CPJ. That is common sense…it’s dishonest and the kids knew it.

I just get tired of hearing how CPJ is a hypocrite because he takes the visits of committed guys…but when CMR does it in the case of Rueben Foster every dawg fan is all smiles… You can’t have it both ways…

The Truth

February 22nd, 2012
10:37 pm

FL Jacket

February 22nd, 2012
10:22 pm
Interesting how the holier than thou Dwag fans ripping CPJ for doing what CMR is exactly doing…letting a kid visit because “he really isn’t committed”…have no issue with it when it benefits them…

Who’s the hypocrite now?

Try learning how to spell before you criticize another post you idiot.

.

February 22nd, 2012
10:38 pm

FL Jacket — Seriously, what on earth are you talking about? CMR does not threaten to pull offers if a commit visits other schools and takes visits from any recruit who is interested in visiting. No inconsistency with any practice he has ever done or advocated. No double standard. No hypocrisy with how he handles recruitment of committed players — either to UGA or to other schools.

Kool like that

February 22nd, 2012
10:41 pm

one look at the trophy case at UGa will be confirmation he made the correct decision in committing to Bama.

FL Jacket

February 22nd, 2012
10:42 pm

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If that’s the arrangement CMR makes that’s his business…if the kid goes elsewhere to visit I’m sure there’s a backup plan for that spot. Pulling the offer for a kid who doesn’t tell you he’s visiting when you explicitly told him to…please get your story straight.

FL Jacket

February 22nd, 2012
10:43 pm

Make that 2 idiots who don’t get sarcasm or a joke…

5150 UOAD

February 22nd, 2012
10:44 pm

@. Richt takes OV’s from kids committed to other schools but UGa fans CPJ a hypocrite for Pulling schollys but he allows other committed kid take OVs to TECH.

country day dawg

February 22nd, 2012
10:45 pm

He’ll be a Dawg!

.

February 22nd, 2012
10:45 pm

@FL Jacket — I don’t have a “story”. You claim there is hypocrisy on the part of CMR or how UGA fans view CPJ’s policy. Nothing about Foster’s visit supports your claim — nothing. UGA has always recruited committed players and has always permitted/tolerated/accepted that their committed prospects can and do take visits to other schools.

country day dawg

February 22nd, 2012
10:48 pm

Tide Bride: Hes all DAWG brother!! Coming over to pals Zander and Alec!!

country day dawg

February 22nd, 2012
10:49 pm

Amen .!! Gators suck anyway!

FL Jacket

February 22nd, 2012
10:50 pm

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They’re policies are the same…isn’t that the take away from the story a few days ago? They both accept visits from kids committed elsewhere because they aren’t “committed”. But when CPJ brings in a kid the weekend one of his committed players takes a visit elsewhere and is ready to trade out that spot he’s the damn devil…

Bama Fan#2

February 22nd, 2012
10:50 pm

Alabama is just on a different winning plateau from the
Georgia bulldogs right now but things can change but
with Saban still coaching the crimson tide NOT GOING
TO HAPPEN!! RTR

5150 UOAD

February 22nd, 2012
10:51 pm

You guys have only 49 more weeks to argue about what school he will sign a LOI with. Pace yourself or you could be in the rubber room before the 1st UGa loss of 2012.

.

February 22nd, 2012
10:55 pm

@FL Jacket — Yeah, it sounds like CPJ has had a dose of reality and has come to recognize that kids will visit and take advantage of their opportunities. Some will even game the system for maximum attention, free visits, etc., But, it is part of modern-day CFB and CBB. You can threaten to revoke scholarships and even follow through with it from time to time, or you can deal with the reality that kids will take visits. If he is going to recruit elite kids, who have multiple options, it will come with the territory.

Andalusia #1 lover

February 22nd, 2012
10:58 pm

BAMA Fan: ITS ALL IN THE GLASS HARDWARE BROTHER!

ROLL TIDE ROLL

country day dawg

February 22nd, 2012
11:00 pm

Pawwwwwl aint recriuting “ELITE” athletes!

5150 UOAD

February 22nd, 2012
11:03 pm

@. it is not that the kids will play the games. It is the FACT that CPJ tells them not to COMMIT until they KNOW and once you know and do commit you be a MAN and live by your word. If you can’t understand the ChickenS..t these kids are pulling, then I hope you don’t have kids you are raising. My Word and My Handshake are all I have to PROVE I am a Man of Honor and Integrity. It is very unfortunate these kids are raised by such morally bankrupt and ethically challenged parents. If the parents had better morals these kids wouldn’t have issues with UNDERSTANDING the meaning of a few simple words.

Bama Fan#2

February 22nd, 2012
11:03 pm

Crystal footballs trophies are nice to show recruits like
Reuben Foster who want to play for NC’S at Alabama!!
RTR

EastBama

February 22nd, 2012
11:05 pm

richt needs to stay away from bama’s recruits—he’s already committed.

.

February 22nd, 2012
11:08 pm

@5150 — I get that some kids play games, but there are some millionaire adults who play games with these kids through exploiting them and pressuring them for their own gain. CPJ seems like a decent, stand up guy who was raised the right way. Unfortunantely, many of these kids do not have similar upbringing, guidance or values. Also, they are only 17-18 and they change their minds, get confused, get pressured, etc., They are making big decisions at a young age and they make mistakes and often times don’t have a lot of positive influences or the wisdom that you or I might possess.

country day dawg

February 22nd, 2012
11:12 pm

YOUR RIGHT 5150…Just get the parents to take away their computers and TV’s and let ‘em play ATARI you dumass…Dont blame it all on the parents… A stud has the right to pick commit choose back out…whatever the heck he pleases..dont be such a moralist!!!

kingdaddy

February 22nd, 2012
11:13 pm

Country Day
In the SAV?

I doubt it....

February 22nd, 2012
11:17 pm

I don’t know how it used to be and whether or not Coach Flowers recruited at Shaw. The *current* Georgia state law regarding intradistrict transfers of elementary and secondary students says that as of 2009-2010, a student may transfer to another school as long as there is classroom space available after all students in that zone have been enrolled as long as the parent assumes the responsibility and cost of transporting that student to school. Once he is there, he is allowed to stay there until he graduates regardless of classroom space availability. I don’t know what the GHSA rules are regarding actually recruiting an athlete. One thing I *do* know is the TCSS is dang good at covering their a&& and I doubt they would have made a move without covering that a&& first. I think it’s interesting that folks on both sides of the issue claim to have all these facts and both parties are *supposedly* under gag order by their lawyers. Same ol same ol…. Reuben Foster seems like a good kid (just through interviews and stuff, I don’t know him) but if he was smart, he’d close his mouth and finish out his high school career in style.

kingdaddy

February 22nd, 2012
11:17 pm

East Bammer
You a funny man.

5150 UOAD

February 22nd, 2012
11:18 pm

country day get some Morals and Values and Ethics. Stop supporting the babying & weakening of youth in this country.

Big Crimson 75

February 22nd, 2012
11:23 pm

Interesting stuff on the HS Coach. I have family(Hi Mom!) in Trap Co — & Troup’s Coach is definitely guilty of this. Quan Bray — who signed with Auburn last year played 1 yr @ Troup — after transferring from Callaway — a smaller Classification school in Troup Co. with the “idea” Troup is a better school to get recruited by the Big Boys.
……and uh — Rueben can play on Mars next year — afterwards he is Bama bound!