Reuben Foster: Auburn lures away Alabama’s top football recruit

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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.

LB Reuben Foster (AJC)

LB Reuben Foster (AJC)

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.

What will Tray Matthews do?

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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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ryan

July 12th, 2012
3:41 pm

I know lot UGA fans saying Mathews is 100% committed but Foster going Auburn is troublesome Tray is going to visit AU that has me worried .

We will see in Feb.

July 12th, 2012
3:42 pm

He was 100% committed to Alabama last week

Spike 80DF

July 12th, 2012
3:43 pm

sucks losing out on Foster and maybe Matthews. call Vonn Bell b/c we’ll need Safeties to play early.

James

July 12th, 2012
3:43 pm

All eyes are on you, Tray Matthews. He said he was gonna play college ball with Foster but he’s going to Dawg Night this weekend and seems committed. Oh, recruiting.

Bama is trash

July 12th, 2012
3:44 pm

*sniffle* BUT, BUT we’re BAMA!

The Bear

July 12th, 2012
3:45 pm

Good Luck to him.

Roll Tide

Brown Dog

July 12th, 2012
3:46 pm

Best of luck to him. Kids change their minds. Kids change their minds again. But if Foster stays at Auburn High, it’s hard to see him going to college anywhere else.

Leroy

July 12th, 2012
3:46 pm

He’s the next Trey Blackmon. A total princess that won’t handle big boy football. He’s already getting hurt at camps. He’ll be “processed” from the family before long. NBD losing him. ROLL TIDE!

MJ

July 12th, 2012
3:47 pm

Really wanted to see him play at Bama but only want players who want to be there. Best of luck to him though.

Randall "Pink" Floyd

July 12th, 2012
3:47 pm

This has everything to do with Reuben’s mother and daughter. Like he said, a family decision.

GoBigDog

July 12th, 2012
3:47 pm

I like trucks… Auburn sucks… I like trucks… I don’t care much for Auburn..

Bama is trash

July 12th, 2012
3:47 pm

And don’t start saying, “I guess he felt he just couldn’t handle the depth chart at Bammer.” This is the most impressive linebacker to come out since Ray Lewis. This is just a better fit for him you dumb gumps

G-Dawg

July 12th, 2012
3:48 pm

Trooper is probably his long lost father anyways!! lol

SquillDog

July 12th, 2012
3:48 pm

I hate Trooper Taylor. You’re a crooked SOB.

Kenny

July 12th, 2012
3:49 pm

Yeah it probably is the best decision for his family since he has a 3 year old as a senior in highschool!!

RxDawg

July 12th, 2012
3:49 pm

“At the end of the day, I feel like Auburn is the best situation for me and my family,” Foster told reporters at his press conference. “I am 100-percent confident in my family decision.”

LOL, I’m sure folks will have some fun with that one.

GoBigDog

July 12th, 2012
3:49 pm

Hey Leroy (3:46pm), Reuben Foster is NOT a princess.. The guy will be a great pro soon enough.. Why don’t you be a man and quit berating a 17 year old kid for not choosing your school — Leroy — grow up already!!!

Leroy

July 12th, 2012
3:49 pm

G-Dawg, you’re probably right. Trooper is probably his daddy! What a pathetic barn in west georgia..

Nothing Could Be Finer

July 12th, 2012
3:50 pm

Funny thing is that dogs fans that they had him…

Nothing Could Be Finer

July 12th, 2012
3:51 pm

thought they had him

Leroy

July 12th, 2012
3:51 pm

Hey GoBigDog, I’m just saying how I feel. I don’t think the kid is tough. Might be a good kid, but he isn’t a tough football player…just like Trey Blackmon.

Wayne Dawg

July 12th, 2012
3:51 pm

Alabama last week,Auburn this week,who knows where next
week and the beat goes on.

GoBigDog

July 12th, 2012
3:52 pm

Hey “Nothing Could,” it’s not too funny to Dawg fans… But there are other fish in the sea, and the recruiting battle hasn’t ended yet for RF…

Wayne Dawg

July 12th, 2012
3:52 pm

Enter your comments here

Reuben is a stud

July 12th, 2012
3:52 pm

Well that definitely blows. He is a beast and had a chance to be the face of the UGA program. The fab 5 of Georgia boys were supposed to show up and represent the state. Wish Reuben best, but GA Boys need to step up and stay in state. We need yall and we could be Natty contenders every year if yall quit going out of state. Nothing about opelika or alabam in general is appealing

G-Dawg

July 12th, 2012
3:52 pm

Oh Kenny…LOL

Cam Newton

July 12th, 2012
3:53 pm

I would have stayed, but thought Trooper was out of cash. Looks like he found another stack of ATM cards.

kingdaddy

July 12th, 2012
3:54 pm

R.F.
Good Luck and take care of your family first. No big deal, Go Dawgs…

4Shizzle

July 12th, 2012
3:55 pm

I’m Reuben Foster and I’d rather play for Towel Waving Chest bumping clowns than win yet another crystal football for the reigning champs.

G-Dawg

July 12th, 2012
3:55 pm

Well we still got Carolina’s best right now.

Herschel Talker

July 12th, 2012
3:55 pm

Another Mark Richt strikeout.

Mark Richt is useless. Mark Richt beats patsies and can’t beat anyone else.

Mark Richt lets the inmates run the asylum.

It’s about time for Mark Richt to go preach full time.

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Hollywould

July 12th, 2012
3:55 pm

Leroy, of course you would not want him. Like I said, he was scared of Saban’s daughter. She might be your inside linebacker this year. War Eagle!!

Dawglasville

July 12th, 2012
3:55 pm

These kids are funny now. They are all little Lebrons and people eat it up.

RED Lagnaf

July 12th, 2012
3:56 pm

Yea Auburn pays better…ask Cam the scam

See Rock City

July 12th, 2012
3:57 pm

It’s bad news for UGA and Bama Tray Mathews will assuredly follow him to the barn and we (both) will have to face them for two to 3 years in a row.

Trooper Taylor strikes yet again…

Auburn Grad

July 12th, 2012
3:58 pm

I don’t think Herschel Talker likes Mark Richt.

G-Dawg

July 12th, 2012
3:59 pm

Wait till this next season plays out, we’ll have more switcharoos I’m sure.

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JB

July 12th, 2012
3:59 pm

Looks like another church somewhere is going to get some improvements.

PBT DAWG FAN

July 12th, 2012
3:59 pm

Well, if you look at Auburns defense last year, its no wonder all these kids won’t to go to Anburn. they will probably start from day one., becAuse auburn defense has suck the past two years, and plus Auburn has Willie Martinez recruiting for them now. He recruits these kind of kids we are still trying to clean out the stinky smell from his recruiting at UGA.

Big Albany Dawg

July 12th, 2012
4:01 pm

We’re talking about practice? err, I mean a teenager?

ryan

July 12th, 2012
4:01 pm

Choose Van Gorder over Smart and Grantham how smart was that move .

Bama in Atlanta

July 12th, 2012
4:02 pm

No problem, we’ll just move Derrick Henry to ILB.

GeorgiaTechin2051

July 12th, 2012
4:02 pm

This will be such a huge joke if all these georgia boys follow him out of state. #kidsthesedays #showsomeloyalty

Nothing Could Be Finer

July 12th, 2012
4:03 pm

G-Dawg

July 12th, 2012
3:55 pm

Well we still got Carolina’s best right now.
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Yea, Tramell Terry is good.

The Gamecocks are still on him, though.

“Put your hands upon my hip. When I flip you flip we flip.”

bitter michael cravell

July 12th, 2012
4:03 pm

WARFARE in trailersville, dirt road city, bubby gumb vs lee harvey updyke

Please donot come to DAWGNITE, This kid is tropper taylors —SPY——

INFACT stay out of georgia, we will send your best friend via grayhound soon

harold

July 12th, 2012
4:03 pm

TROOPER TAYLOR: WORTH HIS WEIGHT IN GOLD X TWO!

Hollywould

July 12th, 2012
4:04 pm

JB, good one but don’t you get bored of writing that stuff for over 2 years now. Tell me where to send the crying towel. War Eagle!!

JB

July 12th, 2012
4:04 pm

2014, the Georgia program will be starting a new era……..for better or worse, who knows. All my sources, and some are pretty good ones have said that McGarity worked out the latest contract ( after Mcgarity blocked everything Richt wanted) for Richt to leave on his terms. Richt is basically working out a 2 year notice. And it makes sense, no raise and just about all the pay gone for being fired.

Doesn't Matter. UGA is 7 wins in last 10 vs. Awbarn

July 12th, 2012
4:04 pm

So what? Time for your whooping Rueben!