Reuben Foster: Will Alabama’s top recruit flip to UGA or Auburn today?

Thursday's announcement by longtime Alabama commit Reuben Foster could have an effect on longtime UGA commit Tray Matthews (No. 26)

Thursday's announcement by longtime Alabama commit Reuben Foster could have an effect on longtime UGA commit Tray Matthews (No. 26)

Will Alabama’s top football recruit flip to UGA or Auburn on Thursday?

Reuben Foster, who is ranked as the nation’s No. 2 overall college football prospect by some, has called a press conference for 3 p.m. Thursday at Auburn (Ala.) High School.

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Foster has been committed to Alabama since last summer, but has continued to flirt with UGA and Auburn. Foster attended last month’s Mark Richt Camp.

Last weekend at The Opening all-star camp, Foster said he was “100-percent committed” to Alabama to 247sports.com. After injuring his hamstring at the camp, Foster left the next day for an unofficial visit to Washington.

What will Foster announce today?

There’s speculation that he could flip his commitment from Alabama to archrival Auburn – which is what I predicted would eventually happen a few months ago. It was after Foster transferred from Troup High School because his coach was fired, eventually landing – out of all places — at Auburn High School. The son of Auburn University’s best recruiter, Trooper Taylor, plays football at Auburn High School – basically giving the elder Taylor unlimited access to communicate with Foster under NCAA rules.

Andrew Bone of Rivals also tweeted this:

AuburnSports broke the story on Foster. They were contacted. Bama, UGA sites were not. If that tells you anything about [Thursday]

Then there’s UGA, where Foster visited last month. Foster and a longtime UGA commitment, Newnan safety Tray Matthews, have repeatedly told anybody and everybody that would listen that they will play in college together. Could they go together to Auburn? That would be the scariest thing for UGA if Foster flipped to Auburn. Not only would they miss on Foster, they may be in danger with Matthews.

I guess Reuben Foster could also pull a Derrick Henry, and simply re-open his recruiting by de-committing from Alabama, then announce his college decision at a later date.

Any other theories? Post them below.

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BostonDawg

July 12th, 2012
1:23 am

BostonDawg

July 12th, 2012
1:26 am

Hope he flips to UGA. We need to keep the Georgia talent in state. Go DAWGS!

Randall "Pink" Floyd

July 12th, 2012
1:33 am

Re-opening his recruitment makes the most sense. Either way, this ain’t good news for Bama.

bama fan

July 12th, 2012
1:48 am

i kinda hope he does decommit. im sick of talking about him

Gene Chizik

July 12th, 2012
1:53 am

dbc

July 12th, 2012
1:55 am

Let him go to Clemson. Another circus by another swelled head. His presser will most likely announce that he took a dump, prayed on it, and it looked like the state of SC.

P. Bull Terrier

July 12th, 2012
2:04 am

With all of these highly ranked recruits playing musical committments, the only thing that seems reasonably sure is that almost all of them will end up playing with one SEC school or another in a year or two.

The attention seeking, “me first” attitudes at the top of the 2012 and 2013 recruiting classes may be what finally breaks the SEC’s run of National Championships. Instead of fighting each other for these guys, the SEC schools should get together and ship them all out to Lane Kiffin and let them run USC into the ground.

Bama 90

July 12th, 2012
2:04 am

We don’t mind losing Reuben Foster one bit. He’s overrated, and I never thought he was Alabama material anyways. UGA or Auburn can have him. He’s not that good.

Rally Caps

July 12th, 2012
2:10 am

Feels like UGA has had a lot of bad press… Sign/ doesn’t sign, commit, decommit. We shouldn’t sweat it too much. There’s about 50 other amazing players out there that UGA would love to have filling spots on the field and guys that want to be there. Love to have Foster but if he doesn’t want it, the guy that does take his spot will be a great player and appreciative to be there, which will make the Dawgs all the better in the end.

SquillDog

July 12th, 2012
2:15 am

Well obviously you don’t call a presser to tell people you haven’t changed your mind. So that’s nothing but bad news for Alabama which is good news for UGA and AU. I say he re-opens his recruitment. Then him and the rest of crew (Matthews, Shaq, Henry, and Kamara) all pull a Miami Heat and all pick the same school. It’ll be a windfall for someone and a disaster the schools that miss out.

Blackoutanyone?

July 12th, 2012
2:16 am

Bama will continue to play for and win championships with or without RF. Either way I wish him good luck.

bostonrob

July 12th, 2012
2:28 am

Why wouldn’t Washington be considered one if his announcement options. Left the premier ha camp ti unoficcial to Washington and said he came away impressed. New coaches at Washington starting to pull in bigtime recruits huskies are slowly returning to title contender status

Blackoutanyone?

July 12th, 2012
2:42 am

huh

July 12th, 2012
2:43 am

Washington, uh ok. Dawgs Bound Baby! Welcome to the DAWGNATION RF!!!!

NYCDAWGFAN

July 12th, 2012
2:48 am

Im gonna be positive about this one based on something else that happened at the opening..
I think he will be a dawg.. Shaq Wiggins had a meeting with the current uga commits and potential commits that were there (including matthews) and he said , (paraphrasing) “i feel good about the meeting. we are all on the same page. would have been better if reuben was here. but we are on the same page”… Shaq and Bryce are the best recruiters in this.years class.so i feel pretty good about this.

Red and Black til Death

Crimson Crush

July 12th, 2012
2:56 am

@bostonbob

You see the Huskies being mentioned in many quarters as a program that is certainly putting considerable effort into it’s revival . I don’t have any bad blodd personally for the program . As far as “returning to title contender status” goes though … I can only assume you mean PAC 12 titles . It is a LARGE leap to the one after that …

Aubie

July 12th, 2012
3:20 am

Do we really need another drama queen?

Blackoutanyone?

July 12th, 2012
3:34 am

It’s being reported now that the owner/operator of the Scholtzsky’s in Athens has named a sandwich after this young man. I intend to confer with the NCAA on any possible rules violations.

Crimson Crush

July 12th, 2012
3:56 am

Big LOLs at the flood of never seen before supposed “Bama” fans like “Bama 90″ who will show up … claim they never wanted Foster because “he is overrated ” … all so full time regular Dawg fans who have repeatedly done the same in the past for other recruits on this blog can claim “Tide fans do it too” .

The record is fairly simple … Foster is worth having as a commit … most serious Tide fans know it … only Foster can change that by his own actions . He might indeed put himself out of the picture of playing for the Tide but even a pretend insinuation that the Crimson fan base as a whole thinks he is an “overrated” recruit is silly :-)

bsg3003

July 12th, 2012
4:06 am

heard one recruiting specialist guy on the radio this afternoon say that RF was the best LB prospect that he’s seen in 20 years. Bama 90- he’s the #2 prospect in the nation, i think he is pretty good.

Bama Fan #2

July 12th, 2012
4:06 am

The poor boy has lost his freaking mind if he signs with the barn!!
UGA good luck in recruiting him and I bet Saban will say you shop
we shop!! I am done with this IDIOT!!!

Wiseone

July 12th, 2012
5:07 am

He’s going to decommit and reopen his recruiting. The kid is a great player, but I’m still not sure he has the commitment and maturity level necessary for the type of program Alabama has. I just watched a 30 min interview with him over on al.com and was a little disturbed. One scene has him out at night with a group of guys. After they proclaim the neighborhood as tough or “no Tyler Perry”, someone can be heard talking about “smoking one” as the video fades. I think Saban has grown tired of the uncertainty of his commitment and probably urged him to do this for both parties sake. Either way, good luck to the kid and his growth as a young man. That’s most important.

Dewnsav

July 12th, 2012
6:11 am

@Crimson Crush…so any time a Dog fan does it they are “full time” Dog fans, and when a Bama fan does it they are imposters because “full time” Bama fans would never do that…ALL schools have fans, to a certain degree, do this…go dogs

North Campus Trash

July 12th, 2012
6:43 am

Once he left Troup I began to have my doubts about his commitment. Oh well. I hope he settles in somewhere and has a great career.

kingdaddy

July 12th, 2012
6:50 am

Newsflash***
Scholtzsky’s has a second new sandwich named after Bammer Fans. The owner says it’s full of bologna and will be served with a full cup of whine, lol…

Barner B Jones

July 12th, 2012
7:00 am

The Sky is falling!!! What will Bama do without Foster? Bama will never win a 15th. NC now! Woe is us!!!

Mr. SEC

July 12th, 2012
7:03 am

tired of hearing about RF; should had been commited to UGA long time ago, but you writers want to keep the idea of him coming to UGA alive, get over it! Also, same thing goes for DH, AK “too much drama”! We had snough of that last year in IC, thank God he is gone! We meed to concentrate on some “serious minded” people Friday night and now on and put a;; of the Hollywood drama queens on the back burner and move on! Give me the 2 & 3 star players who want to play at UGA and let these others go; they will ride the bench in other schools for a few years while our 2 & 3 stars on players between the hedges on Saturdays!

Ole Big Dawg

July 12th, 2012
7:06 am

I think we have all seen the writing on the wall for quite sometime with Reuben….doesnt seem to impressed overall with UA. Come on home Reuben to where you belong and where your heart is leading….which is to be a Dawg!

Wet Willie...keep on smiling

July 12th, 2012
7:18 am

LOL. I hope he goes to UGA like Robert N went to Clemson instead of LSU. It is what it is. The auburn folks will make it tuff regardless. The barn doesn’t fear probation it’s just risk/reward for them and it’s always been that way. No way they will allow Reuben Foster to come to Alabama. No way.

Rumor has it Nick’s daughter got into a cat fight with one of her friends as well and she won. Court will decide the real winner. LOL

Say Whut

July 12th, 2012
7:23 am

Is anyone as sick and tired of these children “flipping” and playing games over their recruiting as I am?

I could care less where these adolescent babies go to college. thier game playing has gotten old.

Real Problem

July 12th, 2012
7:24 am

Well on the surface this looks like BIG REVENGE for the T.J. Yeldon flip from Auburn to Alabama. Tide will certainly get over it QUICKLY, Saban must have seen this coming and will cover his bases.

Here is what bothers me….does this mean we loose Matthews to Auburn?

This is what I DO NOT GET……Foster says he grew up an Alabama fan…..and you flip to AUBURN…..WOW.

Just does not make any sense…..UNLESS……it is immediate playing time and it might be. Much, much harder to start at Alabama.

JB

July 12th, 2012
7:25 am

Maybe it’s just one of those years, but it’s alarming to this Dawg fan that most of the Cream out of our state is choosing to play football somewhere other than our state flag ship university UGA. Yes, I know there are 150 D1 prospects and we can’t sign them all. That’s not what I mean. I’m talking about 5 or 6 of the top 10 WHO EVERY SEC team wants. Maybe it’s just one of those years. My thoughts are if we could get these guys to stay home year after year, we would be in the hunt regardless of coaching.

Brown Dog

July 12th, 2012
7:25 am

dap01

July 12th, 2012
7:28 am

He should stay at Alabama, their campus police drive you home, they don’t arrest you. Also, he should put his trust in Saban. Saban is a great man of integrity and character. Saban always cares for his players, even if the player needs CPR, I am sure someone will call 911.

Wet Willie...keep on smiling

July 12th, 2012
7:28 am

doesnt seem to impressed overall with UA….really….

Real Problem

July 12th, 2012
7:29 am

I am guessing Georgia is out of the picture….MAYBE NOT. He sure will start at Georgia just as quickly as he would at Auburn.

Brown Dog

July 12th, 2012
7:30 am

dap: very clever. But then again, you have time to polish, given this recruit has absolutely nothing to do with your school.

Wet Willie...keep on smiling

July 12th, 2012
7:31 am

it goes much deeper but that is for another day.

brick

July 12th, 2012
7:32 am

Looks like AU is at it again, and why not they recently bought a NC and the NCAA never found any wrong doing at all.

Real Problem

July 12th, 2012
7:33 am

JB……it is alarming.

GtDawg

July 12th, 2012
7:33 am

UGA got a couple LB recruits coming for Dawgnite thats high on their list and Foster might try to beat them to the punch. But I think back when Matthews said a couple of people may not like their decision sound like both Foster and Matthews may decommit and commit to Auburn. I flipping my coin on this. Either way dont look good for Bama at all, and on that note…………ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

Real Problem

July 12th, 2012
7:36 am

Brown Dog…..please tell me this is not another Scam Newton.

Patrick Romano WAR DAMN EAGLE

July 12th, 2012
7:44 am

brick, with a little b, jealous much?

WAR DAMN EAGLE!!!

sam

July 12th, 2012
7:45 am

WHATEVER happens today…….Long way to signing day. Trooper Taylor is a very shady dude.

Bama Aaron

July 12th, 2012
7:46 am

He’s probably just going to announce that he’s opening up his commitment like Henry did. Not great news for Bama, but not terrible either. Whether he comes to Bama or not the Tide will continue to win. So he has to decide if he wants to be a big fish at a wanna be like UGA or AU or be part of something special in T-town.

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JB

July 12th, 2012
7:55 am

GtDawg…………I’m all Dawg, but don’t worry about Bama. I throw a barb at them on here myself, but give the devil his due, he’s got it going on over there. Not many SEC schools are in a position of cherry picking the cream in the south. I think Bama is in that position. My problem with Bama folks, not all, but they act like it’s always been that way and always will be. Not true. And I think he’s doing it on the up and up. Hey, this is us, this is what we’ve done, and we are gonna keep doing it, and do you want to be a part of it. I’m open minded enough to admit it. I hope the Dawg program is there one day.

Kramer

July 12th, 2012
7:55 am

I am a loyal Dawg fan but, lets be realistic here. The guy is staying with Bama. Would be nice to land him but we won’t so we move on.

Brown Dog

July 12th, 2012
7:57 am

RP: Auburn, particularly with the Dye-certified recruiters it has now, should always raise scrutiny. That aside, when a kid jettisons ties to his high school and becomes a virtual free agent, does it ever end well?

kingdaddy

July 12th, 2012
7:58 am

How many Bama fans have said that Coach Saban doesn’t have to put up with waffling recruits. He says “If you don’t want to be at Alabama, then hit the road! “???