Foster flips from Alabama to Auburn

After being committed to the Crimson Tide for a year, five-star linebacker Reuben Foster held a press conference on Thursday to announce his change of heart--he will become an Auburn Tiger instead. His decommitment is a loss, but Alabama has no need to worry.

Reuben Foster, the nation's top-rated linebacker, has had a change of heart.

Committed to Alabama since last July, today, Foster—sharp in a white button down, black vest, black slacks and tan shoes with a smile on his face—made an announcement in front of a slew of media in the confines of Auburn High School that he will be flipping his allegiance to Auburn.

"Over the last few weeks, I really put a lot of thought and time into how I want to finish my football career," Foster said in front of a group of about 60 people. "I am blessed that I have several great opportunities.

"I want to make an announcement, so I can put this behind me and get on with the work I need to do for the high school and prepare for college both academically and athletically.

"I am going to enroll at Auburn University. I have a lot of respect for the Alabama coaches and all of the other people, and the fans. At the end of the day, I feel like Auburn University is the place for me and my family, and is the best situation for me and my family.

"I am 100 percent confident in my final decision. I feel great about my decision and I'm excited to get started."

Before making the announcement, Foster was standing in the corner of the room, just talking to his family, smiling and hugging them.

A few of Foster's teammates were there, including three-star quarterback Cameron Luper.

Foster, rated a five-star prospect by Scout.com, was the lone linebacker in the Crimson Tide's 2013 class.

Despite the fact that Foster has now publicly de-committed from Alabama, there's still six months until national signing day and anything can happen between now and then. Maybe he'll decide he actually does want to be in Tuscaloosa, as that's what his conscience was telling him for the past year anyway. So there is a silver lining.

Plus, putting things in perspective at linebacker, Alabama is pretty stacked at the position youth-wise. The Crimson Tide signed a five-star (Reggie Ragland) and three four-star linebackers (Tyler Hayes, Dillon Lee and Denzel Devall) in their 2012 class. And the corps only has two seniors this season, so there is a lot of depth coming back in 2013.

But as for right now, Foster is a Tiger.

Foster was set to compete at The Opening this past weekend in Oregon, but while running the 40-yard dash, he tweaked his hamstring and was injured for the remainder of the camp.

He was also considering Georgia and Washington.

Click here to watch the video from Foster's presser.

Bamamag.com's John Garcia Jr. contributed to this report.


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