Reuben Foster flipped his commitment from Alabama to Auburn on Thursday.
UGA was also serious contender for Foster, the nation’s No. 2 overall college football prospect who had been committed to Alabama since last summer.
Here’s Foster’s statement, according to al.com:
Over the last few weeks, I’ve really put a lot of thought and time into where I wanted to (continue) my football career. I am blessed that I am in the situation where I have several great opportunities, and I appreciate everyone attending this meeting. I want to make an announcement so I can put this behind me and get on with all the work that I need to do for high school and get prepared for college, both academically and athletically.
I am going to enroll at Auburn University.
I have a lot of respect for Alabama and the coaches and all the other people and the fans. But at the end of the day, I felt like Auburn University is the place for me and my family and had the best situation for me and my family. I am 100 percent confident with my final decision. I feel great about my decision, and I’m excited to get started.
Foster did not take questions at his press conference, which was attended by his daughter who was wearing an Auburn cheerleading outfit, according to Rivals.
Why Auburn? I predicted this would happen in the spring after Foster transferred from Troup High School after his coach was fired. He ended up enrolling at Auburn (Ala.) High School to play on the same team with the sons of two Auburn University assistants.
One of them is the son of Trooper Taylor, who is considered one of the nation’s top recruiters. Because Trooper’s son plays on the team, it basically gave Trooper unlimited access to communicate with Reuben under NCAA rules.
It wasn’t a surprise that Foster flipped from Alabama to Auburn, it was just a surprise that he did it this soon.
Meanwhile, UGA fans are left wondering how this will affect the longtime commitment of Newnan safety Tray Matthews. Foster and Matthews are good friends, and have pledged to play together on the same team in college. UGA fans had high hopes for Thursday’s announcement because Foster attended last month’s Mark Richt Camp.
What about Alabama? This is obviously a blow to Nick Saban and his staff. Only a few months ago, Alabama was considered the favorite to sign both Foster and Robert Nkemdiche (committed to Clemson). However, despite the turn of events, Alabama still has the makings to finish with one of the top 3-4 recruiting classes in the nation.
What do I think? Reuben Foster may have flipped from Alabama to Auburn, but I still think his recruiting is far from over. In talking with Reuben in the past and knowing that he is pulled in so many different directions, I think this recruiting drama will continue all the way through signing day.
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