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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