5-star flips to Auburn

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AUBURN -- In a stunning turn of events, 5-star linebacker Reuben Foster, the state of Alabama’s top-ranked prospect, switched his commitment from Alabama to Auburn Thursday.

Foster, 6-foot-1 and 246 pounds, announced his decision during a press conference at Auburn High School where he took a jacket off his young daughter, A’zyia, to reveal her wearing an Auburn cheerleading outfit.

“I am going to enroll at Auburn University,” Foster said. “I have a lot of respect for Alabama, the coaches, all the people and the fans, But at the end of the day, I feel like Auburn University is the place for me and my family.

“...I am 100 percent confident with my final decision. I feel great about my decision and I’m excited to get started.”

Foster committed to Alabama last August but Auburn continued to recruit him and he attended several games at Jordan-Hare Stadium last fall. Auburn’s chances increased when he transferred from Troup County in LaGrange, Ga., to Auburn High School in April.

Foster attended Auburn’s Big Cat Weekend and has been a regular visitor to the athletic complex over the last few months where he’s developed a strong relationship with Auburn’s staff including lead recruiter Trooper Taylor.

Foster is rated the nation’s No. 1 inside linebacker and No. 7 overall prospect by 247Sports. He is Auburn’s 16th commitment for the 2013 class and gives the Tigers six of the 11 in-state prospects rated 4-stars or higher by 247Sports.

Auburn now has seven commitments from in-state prospects including Foster, 4-star defensive lineman Dee Liner, 4-star athlete Jason Smith, 4-star quarterback Jeremy Johnson, 4-star wide receiver Earnest Robinson, 4-star linebacker Cameron Toney and 3-star cornerback Kamryn Melton.

Foster recorded 166 tackles as a junior.


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