How the Committment of Reuben Foster Changed Auburn's 2013 Recruiting Class

By Brandon Miller

Several weeks after the news of Reuben Foster de-committing from Alabama and committing to Auburn–and an Auburn tattoo to appearing on Foster’s forearm–things have once against gotten quiet in the state that’s earned the last three BCS National Championships. However, with recruiting, it’s only a matter of time before things get heated again.

Foster’s addition to Auburn’s recruiting class has more of an effective than just rising in the national recruiting rankings. Although, being ranked nationally at No. 7 by Rivals and No. 10 by Scout is certainly something that Gene Chizik should be pleased with.

The five-star prospect directly adds a college-ready linebacker that is expected to make an immediate impact. Some have said the No. 1 rated middle linebacker, according to Scout, will be the best at the position on Auburn’s roster when he arrives on campus.

With nothing but speculation for how Foster will do at the next level while he finishes his high school career at Auburn High, Foster has already began making an impact for Chizik’s Tigers. As most recruits do, Foster has began recruiting other players to join him on the Plains. And, worth noting, he has some talented friends.

Since his commitment, it was reported Foster and four-star prospect Tray Matthews planned on playing college football at the same school. Rumors surfaced that Foster would join the safety at Georgia. While that was not the case, rumors have began swirling that Matthews will follow in Foster’s footsteps.

Montravius Adams, the nation’s top defensive tackle, also holds a friendship with Foster since they met at a Georgia camp last year. The five-star prospect has been to Auburn’s several times including as recent as last weekend. Despite not making a decision until later in his senior year, Adams said Auburn has a good chance of making his final list.

Foster’s solidified commitment should have Tiger fans happy or at least happy until he takes the field in burnt orange and navy blue. With his loyalty not in question, the only question is how many of his highly-ranked friends will join him next fall.

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