Auburn Still In The Mix For Foster

The Class 6A Lineman of the Year, Reuben Foster talks about his upcoming visits, what he likes about Auburn, and more.

Auburn, Ala.—The long and winding road for five-star linebacker Reuben Foster is nearing an end. Moving from Georgia to Auburn High School and soon after switching his commitment from Alabama to Auburn, the nation's top linebacker is back on the market after deciding to de-commit from the Tigers following the coaching change in December.

With three weeks until signing day and the pressure only intensifying with coaches such as Gus Malzahn, Nick Saban and Mark Richt all visiting in the last three days, Foster said he's ready to get the decision over with, but he's not sure when that will happen.

"The decision is not coming until Signing Day or a little bit after Signing Day," Foster said. "I want to get it over with, trust me."

Making a visit to Washington last week and planning to visit Alabama and Georgia the next two weekends, Foster said he could take a visit to Auburn the last weekend if needed, but at the moment he's not sure it will be necessary. Saying that he's visited with the new Auburn coaching staff seven or eight times since they've been hired, Foster said the Tigers are definitely still in the mix at the moment.

"They are still in my top that I'm leaning towards," Foster said. "They still have a chance.

"I feel great about Auburn," he added. "It's just the coaching staff. I'm blending in with them and getting along with them and seeing how they react and all that."

On Monday Foster had the opportunity to sit down with Malzahn during his in-home visit with the linebacker and his family. With the chance to just relax and talk football and life in general, Foster said he liked what he saw from Auburn's new head coach.

"The visit with Gus went great," Foster said. "My mom and Gus were chillin hard. The message to both of us was they need me. They want me to be a part of their program. Jeremy Johnson, my brother, will be the face of the offensive side, and me the face on the defensive side.

"Just having my in-home with Auburn felt great," he added. "It's a head coach visiting you and that shows he really wants you. He could be visiting another five-star recruit, but instead he wants to see me and that's great."

Auburn wasn't the only school in his home this week as Alabama visited the school on Wednesday and had an in-home visit later in the day. Foster said he's beginning to get his old feel back for the Crimson Tide after talking with them more recently.

Even if Foster decides not to make a late visit to Auburn he said that won't factor into his decision or have any meaning. Able to visit anytime on his own, he said it doesn't make sense for the Tigers to pay for him to travel over when he's there all the time.

"It's still open for me but I don't know," Foster said. "I live down in Auburn. I can see them anytime of the day. I don't want you to just cater for me, pay for me because, really, I just want to hang out.

"They are telling me the need for linebackers and how they need me and how they're going to use me," he added. "It sounds good because Ellis Johnson has a plan."

What has been a busy year was capped off in style on Wednesday when Foster was named the Class 6A Lineman of the Year for his play at Auburn High this season. He lost out on Mr. Football however as good friend and Auburn commitment Jeremy Johnson narrowly won the award. Foster said that Johnson deserved it and he's happy it went to someone so deserving.

"Just to see my boy get that award, I was happy for him," Foster said. " I can't be mad at him because he deserves it. He deserves every bit of it.

"He's talking to me a little just bit about Auburn, but there's no pressure," he added. "He just wants me to do what is best for me and I love him for that."


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