Will Auburn Tigers Be Able To Secure Top Inside Linebacker Recruit?

By Michael Terrill
Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Auburn Tigers football program has taken quite a dive since winning a National Championship in 2010. One way to start stepping in the right direction is to secure the top inside linebacker recruit in the 2013 class.

Auburn finished the 2012 season 3-9 without a single win in the SEC and got blown out by their rival, the Alabama Crimson Tide, 49-0 in the Iron Bowl. With the termination of Gene Chizik, former offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn has big shoes to fill as he tries to lead the team. Malzahn’s first order of business is to bring in a solid recruiting class. One way to do this is to sign inside linebacker Reuben Foster, who is ranked No. 13 on The Rival’s top 100 and No. 16 on ESPN’s top 150.

Foster is currently uncommitted but the Tigers are hoping his meeting with the school on Feb. 1 will change all of that. Not to mention, he has a large Auburn tattoo on his right arm, which would look very silly while he is wearing an Alabama jersey. Foster got the tattoo after he changed his mind about the Crimson Tide and decided to become a Tiger. However, when Chizik was fired he decommitted from Auburn, but the program is hoping they can turn that around.

The 6-foot-2, 228-pound tackling machine clearly has the luxury to go wherever he wants. However, he is from the city of Auburn, Alabama and is clearly a huge Tigers fan. I guarantee his dream growing up was to always play football for his favorite team and help lead them to the promise land. This means that if the Auburn program is unable to secure him someone royally screwed up.

However, the fact of the matter is Auburn can offer Foster something Alabama cannot, and that is playing time. There will be an open competition among the linebackers, which means Foster could very likely start his freshman year if he is committed enough to win the job. Not to mention, a 3-9 record means the starters from last year clearly did not do what was asked of them and a change is most likely coming.

“Playing time. It’s all about that for me,” Foster said. “At Auburn, I have a feeling they’re going to throw me in the fire. They needed help. They don’t want help, they need help.”

Attending Auburn also means Foster will be close to his family, including his two-year old daughter, which is something that is very important to him.

“I’m just a family dude,” Foster said. “I just want to stay close to my little girl and my mother.”

These two reasons alone should be enough for the Tigers to secure Foster on Feb. 6 which is National Signing Day for all recruits. Foster recorded 80 tackles, nine tackles for loss, five sacks and a forced fumble his senior year at Auburn High School.

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