Alabama Gets Commitment from No. 1 Linebacker Reuben Foster

By Patrick Schmidt
Kim Klement – USA TODAY Sports

The recruitment for Reuben Foster (Auburn, Al., Auburn), the nation’s top inside linebacker recruit, has had more twists and turns than a roller coaster at Six Flags, but all the drama surrounding the recruitment came to a halt with his decision Monday night.

Foster (6-1, 240-pounds) announced he will be attending two-time defending national champion Alabama, the school he originally committed to as a junior before decommitting in favor of in-state rival Auburn after transferring from Troup County High School in Georgia. He was so secure in his commitment at that time that Foster even got an Auburn tattoo on his arm.

However, after Auburn endured a three-win season under Gene Chizik, the school fired Chizik and the staff that was responsible for the recruitment of Foster, including chief recruiter, Trooper Taylor and hired Gus Malzahn. His commitment clearly was in question after the coaching changes and he scheduled trips to Washington, Georgia and a surprising stop at San Diego State in the past month in addition to his two stops at Alabama’s two top programs.

Last weekend Foster left Auburn in the middle of a visit amid controversy and headed to “T-town,” and while his parents reportedly met with the staff on Saturday and Sunday, Foster was in Tuscaloosa, and will be there for the next four years.

Not that the rivalry between the two schools that have combined to win the last four BCS National Championships needed anyone to stoke the flames, but in this case, Foster certainly has spiced the rivalry up and should be an interesting game when the two meet in the Iron Bowl this upcoming season.

Foster is sure to be public enemy No. 1 in auburn as long as he is at Alabama where he will be a perfect fit in Crimson Tide defensive coordinator Kirby Smart’s defense, and barring injury could be one of the premiere defenders in college football in the near future.

All the drama surrounding Foster is enough for many programs to not be interested in him, but when you’re as talented as he is, schools will roll the dice, and Nick Saban is the perfect coach to straighten this kid out.

The first step is getting that Auburn tattoo removed.

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