Reuben Foster Still Looking At Tigers

Five-star linebacker Reuben Foster talks about his recruiting, discusses whether or not Auburn is still in the picture and talks about his friend, and fellow recruit, quarterback Jeremy Johnson.

Montgomery, Ala.—When Auburn fired Gene Chizik following the Iron Bowl, five-star linebacker Reuben Foster was the player who was busy on the phone talking to his follow verbal commitments and keeping them strong with the Tigers.

This week the shoe is going to be on the other foot for Foster, however, as he will be playing for Team Alabama this week in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic along with Auburn commitments Jeremy Johnson, Jason Smith, Dee Liner, Earnest Robinson and Kamryn Melton.

After doing plenty of talking about Auburn during the uncertain time between coaches, Foster said Johnson is the one putting the pressure on him now after Foster de-committed from the Tigers last Friday.

"I'm prepared for it," Foster said of Johnson's talk this week. "I talked to him and he made me feel bad. He made me feel terrible about it. He was sending me pictures of me and him, talking about brother's keeper. It's crazy how things work. I tried to get him to stay, but I didn't stay. It hurts me to know he's hurt.

"It's hard not to jump back onboard because Jeremy came at me hard," he added. "I was like, ‘man you're making me feel bad.' I was about to call them back and tell them I wanted to come back. Jeremy had a big effect. Dee Liner had a big effect and Carl (Lawson)."

As one of a large group of players who were committed to Auburn, Foster said the chance to play with those guys is something he's been looking forward to all year long. While some things have changed in the last week he said it doesn't take anything away from the experience for him.

"I'm very familiar with all of them," Foster said. "Just to play with them is wonderful. I'll be playing with guys that I was going to go to school with and still might continue to go to school with later on in life. Just playing with them is a great opportunity to meet up with them and see what kind of talent they've got on the field and off the field character-wise."

Following the Alabama-Mississippi game, Foster will head to Florida to play in the Under Armour All-American game in early January. After that he'll begin taking visits and trying to determine where the road will take him. He said until then he's just going to take a step back and check out the colleges on his list once again.

"I'm starting over and just looking at my options," Foster said. "I'm looking at Auburn still, but I de-committed just to see where they were at. They lost all the coaches that I fell in love with and that I know. I don't know anybody he's hiring, but I would love to get to know them. I'll give them a chance. I don't want to leave without giving them a chance. I'm a fair dude."

Saying that Coach Malzahn was a "cool dude" when the two spoke recently, Foster said he's looking forward to getting to know him and the new staff more in the coming weeks. That's going to be a big time for the Tigers because Foster said at the moment he doesn't plan on taking an official visit to Auburn. With trips set up to Washington on Jan. 11 and Georgia on Jan. 25th, Foster said he'll look closely at Auburn in between his trips to get a better feel for the Tigers.

"They're not going to get an official visit because I live there," Foster said. "I'm down there all the time. I'm just going to visit a lot."

Foster and the Alabama All-Stars will take on Mississippi Saturday at noon CST at Cramton Bowl in Montgomery.


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