Foster To Give Auburn The Final Visit

The nation's top linebacker Reuben Foster talked about his recruiting on the FOX Sports South show Next Class 2013.

Auburn, Ala.—With just over two weeks until signing day, five-star linebacker Reuben Foster is being pulled from all sides as his recruiting continues to heat up with Auburn, Alabama, Georgia and Washington all still in the mix for the nation's top player at his position. One of the biggest questions surrounding Foster has been what would his plans be for the last official visit weekend on Feb. 1?

Monday night on The New College Football Show: Next Class 2013 on FOX Sports South, Foster told FoxSportsNext that he will visit the Auburn Tigers for his last official visit.

"I was confused, but now as it goes on I would have to say my last official visit goes to Auburn," Foster said. "They do deserve that official visit."

Looking strongly at the Tigers with new Coach Gus Malzahn, defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson, defensive backs coach Charlie (Cheese) Harbison and others making a big impression on him, Foster said when the coaching change occurred he felt the best thing at the time was to back off his commitment so he could take a fresh look at things.

"It was super different because I didn't know any coaches," Foster said. "I didn't know Coach Malzahn, Coach Cheese, Coach Johnson, I didn't know any of them. I was like ‘why still be committed to a college that I don't know what any of the coaches are about?' I just weighed my options and de-committed. I was still considering Auburn though."

One of the biggest reasons why Foster switched his commitment from Alabama to Auburn last summer was the chance for early playing time. He said that's something that is still very important to him and was huge at the time he switched to the Tigers.

"Playing time, it's all about that for me," Foster said. "I'm a dude that if I'm thrown in the fire then I'm thrown in the fire. I will go hard. At Auburn I had a feeling they are going to throw me in the fire and they need help. They didn't want help, they needed the help and that's what the coaches told me. I just took it to my head and ran with it."

Having already visited Washington and Alabama, Foster plans to visit the Georgia Bulldogs this weekend to spend time with close friend Tray Matthews. Very familiar with the Bulldogs and the program, he said he's just looking forward to spending time in Athens and learning more about the coaching staff.

"At Georgia I'm looking forward to meeting my brother Tray," Foster said. "I want to meet the coaching staff, Coach (Todd) Grantham and Coach (Mark) Richt. I just want to meet all the new players coming in that can tell me about the staff."

With good things to say about all of his favorites and the ability to make an impact no matter where he goes to school, Foster will need to narrow things down as he prepares to make his final decision. When it comes down to what may push his favorite over the top he said it will be one thing and one thing only.

"Family," Foster said. "I'm a family man. What Auburn provides for me is a family structure. Georgia provides the same thing. Alabama provides the same thing. That's why it's so hard. I'm just a family dude. I want to stay close to my little girl and my mother and just have a good family, maybe eat my mom's fried chicken and everything."

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