LB prospect commits to Bama, with Auburn tattoo

ATLANTA (AP) — Five-star linebacker prospect Reuben Foster says he'll play for Alabama after a recruiting process that left him torn between the state's two rivals — and sporting an Auburn tattoo.

The Auburn (Ala.) High School star said Monday night on Fox SportsSouth that he plans to sign with the two-time defending national champion Crimson Tide over the Tigers — where he had committed at one point — and Georgia.

Foster is rated the nation's No. 2 prospect by and a five-star player by each of the major recruiting services. He said he made his decision "on my way up here.

"I was just confused," Foster said on "The New College Football Show" with daughter A'Ziya perched on his lap. "I went on the air and just came out with the heart."

Foster, regarded as the nation's top inside linebacker prospect, says he has been an Alabama fan "since I was a pup." That didn't make the recruiting process simpler, though.

He had switched his initial commitment from Alabama to rival Auburn, and then withdrew his pledge to the Tigers after the firing of coach Gene Chizik. Before flipping, though, he got an Auburn tattoo etched onto his right forearm.

Foster left his visit to Auburn on the final recruiting weekend and headed to Tuscaloosa.

His indecision had led some fans to express their ire on social media.

"It's crazy how fans blow up your Twitter and call you names and it hurt," Foster said.

Nick Saban's Tide was already flirting with the nation's top recruiting class again, and Foster's signing would be a big boost. The intense, often scowling Saban has led Alabama to three of the last four national titles. Foster said he saw the coach's lighter side.

"Everybody says coach Saban's uptight," he said. "He's not uptight with me. He's just trying to get the job done. He's smiling, having fun."

Foster and other high school seniors around the nation can sign scholarships with their chosen colleges starting Wednesday.

Foster moved to Auburn from Troup County High School in Georgia for his senior year.

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Comments » 8

licknpromise777#651578 writes:

And the rich just get richer with no end in site..Bama landed one of the all time best RB classes ever..while we in turn signed a border lined 3 star injured project..Dooley had it right when he said Satan doesn't recruit he drafts players..Add to that Ole Miss,Vandy,Auburn and most of the SEC are all killing us!! On the good side Butch has probably worked harder since signing on than any Vol coach in recent memory..In the end we are the 2nd place finisher with these high profile recruits. If Jones steals Bell and Dobbs from ASU than I would say job well done..Not only has Butch fixed Dooley's total lack of recruiting effort by getting these 2013 recruits to visit campus but he has found time to personally visit some elite 2014 kids

UTKin1992 writes:

Nice name for your illegitimate daughter. She should have no problem finding gainful employment later in life with a name like that.

Snapshot writes:

What a knucklehead. Going to be a bammer with an Auburn tattoo, now that should go over well in bammer land.

BigBadVol writes:

Say what you want, but this guy is a cancer. Wait and see.

Shake_Bake writes:

"He's smiling and having fun" ...just wait until Saban get's you on that practice field!! You will see the REAL Saban then...and trust me, he won't be smiling!!!

murrayvol writes:

Gray shirts.....forward march. Somebody just got voted off the island.

Bark_at_the_Moon writes:

Is he smart enough to find his way to class? And will his teammates beat him up once they see that tattoo?

eVOLved writes:

in response to UTKin1992:

Nice name for your illegitimate daughter. She should have no problem finding gainful employment later in life with a name like that.

1992, are you sure it isn't 1952? I worry more about you getting your narrow mind through life than the girl you are talking about.

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