Reuben Foster: How will transfer of 5-star LB affect UGA’s chances of flipping Alabama commit?

5-star LB Reuben Foster, pictured with his 3-year-old daughter, has transferred from Georgia to Alabama for his senior year of high school (AJC)

5-star LB Reuben Foster, pictured with his 3-year-old daughter, has transferred from Georgia to Alabama for his senior year of high school (AJC)

UGA’s chances of flipping the commitment of the No. 2 college football prospect in the nation may have lessened on Wednesday.

Reuben Foster, the 5-star linebacker who is committed to Alabama but still flirting with UGA and Auburn, confirmed to the AJC that he is transferring to Auburn (Ala.) High School and could begin classes as early as Thursday.

Foster has played the last three seasons at Troup High School and decided to transfer after his coach, Charles Flowers, was fired in February apparently over the improper transfer of a player into the school district.

“I needed to get away from Troup, with all the stuff going on there,” Foster said. “There were all kinds of emotions going on about the situation … I feel bad about leaving. But at the same time, it was the best thing to do. I’ve got to do what is best for me.”

Foster, who is ranked as the nation’s No. 2 prospect by Scout, Rivals and 247sports, said his transfer got the blessing of Alabama’s coaches. “They just told me to do what was best for me and my family,” he said.

Foster, who said he moved to Alabama with his mother, is close friends with several UGA commitments, including Newnan safety Tray Matthews and Sandy Creek cornerback Shaq Wiggins. Some UGA fans were hoping that Foster would consider transferring to the same high school as a Bulldogs recruit, and that would help convince Foster to change his mind.

While Foster’s transfer may have hurt UGA, it may have helped Auburn. Foster will be playing on the same high school team as the sons of Auburn assistants Trooper Taylor and Curtis Luper.

“People think because I’m going to Auburn High School that I’m going to Auburn University,” Foster said. “But I’m committed to Alabama, so nobody has to worry about that.”

Foster said another one of his Troup teammates who is also upset over the firing, defensive end Joe Sanders, may also be transferring to Auburn High School. The 6-5, 260-pound Sanders claims an early offer from Tennessee.

What about this weekend? Will Foster be going to the spring game at Alabama, UGA or anywhere else? “No sir. I’m going to prom.”

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257 comments Add your comment

KID74195

April 11th, 2012
9:02 pm

He is originally from Roanoke, Al., about 30 miles from Auburn, and good friends with Bradley Bozeman a OL commit, from there, for 2013 to Alabama.

Big Dawg

April 11th, 2012
9:02 pm

Second. Go Dawgs!!

charles s.

April 11th, 2012
9:03 pm

Father at age 14? Hope he stays healthy and makes the NFL.

DostaDawg

April 11th, 2012
9:04 pm

Sux for UGA chances to flip.

Home of the Champions

April 11th, 2012
9:07 pm

There was no chance at all anyway.

Bright Idea

April 11th, 2012
9:07 pm

Which prom? Troup, Auburn HS, Auburn U or Alabama? If he needs to get away from Troup why go to their prom?

Dawg Haus

April 11th, 2012
9:10 pm

It doesn’t sound like Georgia has much of a chance to flip him, but there are plenty more fish in the sea.

Troup Co. Dawg

April 11th, 2012
9:11 pm

Money Talks Baby !!!

Rick James

April 11th, 2012
9:15 pm

He has a kid to support..Follow the money Reuben.

au

April 11th, 2012
9:19 pm

Knew it wouldn’t be long before a dog was screaming money talks. Lamichael fanning did the same thing and went to bama. saban has nothing to worry about.

bjohnDawg

April 11th, 2012
9:22 pm

Let the young man go where he wants. He did not like the fact that his coach was fired.
And he decided if he has to play at another school he wants to play with his friends.

If he want to go to Bama, or UGA, or Auburn, he will make that choice.
If he flips he flips. If he does not…there are other linebackers.

David C

April 11th, 2012
9:22 pm

NRBQ

April 11th, 2012
9:24 pm

3-year-old daughter?

She’s as growed as an 8-year-old.

Rick James

April 11th, 2012
9:27 pm

@au

Knew it wouldn’t be long before a dog was screaming money talks. Lamichael fanning did the same thing and went to bama. saban has nothing to worry about.
—————————————————————————-
Saban and Kirby Smart are slimeballs and the do have something to worry about..Getting caught cheating which will hapen eventually..Remember how it was revealed by an Atlanta recruit that Saban had promised to get him a job if he delayed entering school for a year? That’s illegal..

bitter's dawgs fan

April 11th, 2012
9:31 pm

One player on a defence at alabamma makes no differance, there totally loaded

So he will be lucky to get any playing time the first couple of years. the kid grew up in bammer land

and loves trailers and satilite dish’s—–true to form, for a bammer troll

——-this kid speaks throughout the interview about—-whats best for —-ME, ME, ME

———-NO room at the NEW WORLD ORDER “U”—That being UGA

—NO —ROOM—FOR—DOPE—HEADS, ——THUGGS—OR FOREIGN TRAILER TRASH

————————————–TO PASS AND GRADUATE —he had to transfer to BAMMER LAND

—————————looooooooooosssser——————-hahahahahahah

fan

April 11th, 2012
9:34 pm

NCAA NEED TO LOOK INTO THIS SOMEBOBY GOT PAID YOUR MOTHER JUST UP AND MOVE QUIT HER JOB

bitter's dawgs fan

April 11th, 2012
9:35 pm

get use to –DIRT ROADS

JB

April 11th, 2012
9:37 pm

Dawg fans, we need to move on. He ain’t coming. Rating a ball player by a guy in an office with a computer and a rag to sell means little. Plenty of good LB’s out there. Tip your hat and wish the guy good luck at Bama. Hope he doesn’t get hurt his senior year.

Awbren Barn

April 11th, 2012
9:39 pm

Does that mean he had his girl when he was in the 8th grade???

Jim

April 11th, 2012
9:40 pm

Too bad anyone with a vague knowledge of grammar and a third grade education can post on these blogs

tenn.DAWG

April 11th, 2012
9:40 pm

UGA is better off without this kid if he’s leaving his school and teammates at the drop of a hat.Should be a good fit for bammer.

Troup Co. Dawg

April 11th, 2012
9:47 pm

From Corporate welfare to Collegiate welfare…to Government welfare…this society is so broken, gettin’ money gettin’ paid it’s all about getting’ laid !!!

GtDawg

April 11th, 2012
9:51 pm

So now, if Foster go to Bama, officially Bama wont be getting one of the top Recruits out of Georgia, However, if Foster signs with the Dawgs……………………

LakeDawg

April 11th, 2012
10:00 pm

It doesn’t look good for the Dawgs. However, I’ve always had the feeling he’s been a Bama lock all the way.

Gamecocks 12

April 11th, 2012
10:01 pm

Just an observation, but it seems that there are a lot of people attacking a decision made by a kid. From the outside, it appears that there are people posing as Georgians/UGA fans saying negative things about someone who is trying to make it in life. Honestly, this happens in between USC and Clemson as well… someone poses as a fan to make “his/her” school look bad. We don’t have a shot at this kid, so I’ll just say it… I think most of the negative comments are coming from Alabama posers trying to make UGA fans look bad. I don’t care much for UGA fans but I will say that it wouldn’t suprise me that Alabama fans would do such a thing.

Bob

April 11th, 2012
10:01 pm

TIM BUCK

April 11th, 2012
10:02 pm

FOSTER IS ALL BAMA! HE WILL BRING A FEW WITH HIM!!!!!!!! JAWGEE IS IN A DROUGHT….1980 A N D .AWBARN SUX

Bob

April 11th, 2012
10:04 pm

Thats all this board needs,a conspiracy theory from a noGamecock. LOL

Big Crimson 75

April 11th, 2012
10:07 pm

Bama all the way.
He’s not the only Player from Troup leaving over Flowers’ firing.
He’s the only one the “media” will talk about.

He starts Day1 @ Bama with Reggie Ragland Inside in 2014.

nh gamecocks

April 11th, 2012
10:10 pm

good luck kid hope you do well and please as a bruh take care of your kid. its alot of deadbeat dads walking around so stay in school get your education and do whats right for you and your fam

A person SMART enough to know......

April 11th, 2012
10:17 pm

Kid wasn’t smart enough to keep it in his pants. I hope he learned that lesson.

Tampa Gator

April 11th, 2012
10:26 pm

I am going to talk my ball and go play elsewhere because this “I” am bigger than all the adults in my life……waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!!……waaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!

Good luck with that crap in Satanland.

Crimson Crush

April 11th, 2012
10:40 pm

Foster is simply moving to fake out all the Tide fans . He is a double secret pinky swear commit to the Dawgs . Anyone who has read and believed the Dawg illiterati in this blogs comment section has known that for months …

Merrow

April 11th, 2012
10:45 pm

Nice….a 17 year old with a 3 year old daughter…probably on food stamps, EIC…etc. Not real responsible or much character.

P. Bull Terrier

April 11th, 2012
10:48 pm

For the first time that I can remember, I actually agree with “A person SMART enough to know…..”

OkieDawg

April 11th, 2012
10:51 pm

This kid’s playing immature games…Let’s move on Dawg fans. He is a prima donna and I think he likes the limelight which will go away in time. Good luck young man…not just at UGA.

Facts

April 11th, 2012
10:55 pm

fan

April 11th, 2012
9:34 pm
NCAA NEED TO LOOK INTO THIS SOMEBOBY GOT PAID YOUR MOTHER JUST UP AND MOVE QUIT HER JOB

Do you realize that Auburn High School is 38 miles from Troup High School. That is a 35 minute drive. 50% of students in the greater Atlanta area spend that much time in traffic. The Foster family is not your average poor family. They are middle class and do pretty well.

Crimson Crush

April 11th, 2012
10:56 pm

@GtDawg

So all Coach Richt needs to do is convince all the top players in Georgia to transfer out of the state BEFORE their senior season instead of after and the exodus problem is solved ??? You need to run for Congress LOL

Riddle me this

April 11th, 2012
11:03 pm

I assume this means his mother was willing to quit her job and move to a new location because her son’s high school football coach was fired, ironically for the improper transfer of a student. And now he is enrolling in another high school, uprooting his family (including his three year old daughter), and preparing to start the last year of grade school in a different location. Sounds to me like an overreaction to a situation that really isn’t a major deal. But I guess he is already getting accustomed to having things the way he wants it to be.

superdud

April 11th, 2012
11:11 pm

He is committed to Bama right ? So why is Michael continually thinking he will flip to UGA. Give it up Mikie

Michael Carvell

April 11th, 2012
11:12 pm

@superdud, because he visited UGA for a Junior Day

krazydawg

April 11th, 2012
11:12 pm

The Rankin guy from Florida,looks like a very good recruit.Would rather have a kid who wants to play for Georgia.Good luck to Foster.It has to be hard having people try to pull you form one place to the next.Go Dawgs!!!

hotdawg

April 11th, 2012
11:23 pm

Merrow u are a true piece of crap for those comments what u have to realize is that these kids are being put in this spotlight for their athletic abilities not for their ideal decisions or families u don’t know enough about anyone to judge and clearly u don’t know enough about life to judge people based on their need for public assistance some kids come from broken homes or had parents who may have been as dumb as u who knows? but in the meantime go dawgs and troupco dawg…. I feel u.

HickoryDawg

April 11th, 2012
11:24 pm

He aint go much upstairs. You can tell that by his actions and the photo. Kid will be gone in 3 years for sure if he can stay eligible that long.

hotdawg

April 11th, 2012
11:29 pm

Don’t judge a 14 year old by his mistakes…he was 14 duh…..and the only reason some of u kept it in ur pants at 14 is because you had no choice….go dawgs!!!!

hotdawg

April 11th, 2012
11:34 pm

Hickory dawg says “he aint go much upstairs”..lmao… u didn’t go much upstais either that must have been where the library was

Moobs Johnson

April 11th, 2012
11:35 pm

Fathering a child in the eight grade? Transferring out because he’s upset his coach was justifiably fired. Sounds like a class act through and through… let him go to Bama.

A person SMART enough to know......

April 11th, 2012
11:36 pm

hotdWag…what kind of 14 year old girl or boy is trying to have sex? Well we know the answer. Ones with little to no self esteem, parental guidance, and/or education.

hotdawg

April 11th, 2012
11:38 pm

You didn’t” go much” upstairs either hickory dawg that must have been where the library was

BamaGuy

April 11th, 2012
11:42 pm

I know Saban cheats and Mark Richt prays…..heard all this before