Auburn, Ala., linebacker Reuben Foster went from being “100 percent” committed to Alabama to switching his pledge to rival Auburn in less than a week.
Foster, the nation’s top linebacker and No. 2 overall prospect according to ESPNU, announced his commitment to Auburn at a press conference on Thursday.
Foster made this announcement after declaring himself “100 percent” committed to Alabama while he attended The Opening in Beaverton, Ore., last weekend. He followed that statement up with an unofficial visit to Washington.
Foster gave a similar vote of confidence to his Auburn pledge on Thursday.
“I am 100 percent confident with my final decision,” Foster said.
Coaches at other schools will likely remain confident they’ll have a shot to change his mind again. It’s doubtful that Alabama coaches will give up on Foster so easily, especially in a battle with rival Auburn, and Georgia has continued to recruit Foster, who has a close relationship with Bulldogs commitment Tray Matthews and other prospects considering Georgia.
Auburn High School coach Tim Carter said he hopes this decision will allow the recruiting process to slow down for Foster, who informed Carter Wednesday night of his desire to commit to Auburn.
“He has a lot of great choices,” Carter told ESPN. “He’s ready to get this behind him.”
But Foster could still have another choice to make. He and Matthews, a safety from Newnan, Ga., have made it clear they want to play at the same college. Will Matthews follow Foster’s lead and switch his commitment from Georgia to Auburn? Maybe, but that would go against his mother’s wishes.
“My mom will support me wherever I go, but she would be very disappointed if I went to Auburn instead of Georgia,” Matthews told ESPN on July 3.
Still, Matthews likes Auburn and his close friend has just committed to the Tigers. Another Auburn pledge, linebacker Carl Lawson, told 247Sports he believes the Tigers aren’t finished in their pursuit of highly-touted defensive players.
“I’m ecstatic about getting Reuben and I can’t wait to get Montravious (Adams) and Tray Matthews too,” Lawson said via text message.
Foster’s commitment gives Auburn 16 commitments for the 2013 class and helped move the Tigers up to No. 7 in the 247Sports Team Rankings. Adding a player like Adams or Matthews would likely help Auburn move up even more.
How did the loss of Foster affect Alabama’s standing? The Crimson Tide still has the No. 1 class in the country, according to 247Sports.