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.”
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.
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