Foster flips commitment from Tide to Auburn

One of the nation’s top football prospects, linebacker Reuben Foster, announced Thursday he has switched his commitment from Alabama to rival Auburn.

MaxPreps rates Foster as the nation’s No. 3 prospect for the class of 2013, while Rivals.com rates him No. 1 in the state, No. 1 among the nation’s inside linebackers and No. 2 overall.

Listed at 6-foot-2 and 230 pounds by Rivals, Foster committed to Alabama on July 18, 2011, while he was a student at Troup County High in LaGrange, Ga. Following a coaching change, he transferred to Auburn High.

As a junior at Troup, he had 185 tackles and 14 sacks for a team that posted a 9-3 record.

“I have a lot of respect for Alabama, the coaches, and all of the people there and the fans, but at the end of the day I feel like Auburn University is the best place for me and my family,” Foster told reporters at a Thursday news conference at his high school’s cafeteria. “I am 100 percent confident with my final decision. I feel great about my decision and I’m excited to get started.”

Foster is Auburn’s 16th commitment in the 2013 class. He is one of three five-star commitments. The others are Muscle Shoals defensive end Dee Liner and Alpharetta (Ga.) High defensive end Carl Lawson.

According to Rivals’ rankings, Auburn has the No. 11 class nationally, while Alabama, with 17 commitments, is ranked No. 7. Michigan is No. 1.

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