Although Alabama has received 18 early commitments from the 2013 recruiting class, many of which are highly recruited players, the Crimson Tide could be doing so much better.
Already losing out on the top overall recruit in Robert Nkemdiche to Clemson, Alabama has just watched the top linebacker, Reuben Foster, leave after previously committing to the defending national champions.
But Foster did not just leave for a school out of conference or head down South to Miami. Nope. He left for the hated rival Auburn Tigers, who will now pick up their 15th recruit and add him to an already loaded class they have going as well.
Foster is one of the few players that could step on the field and contribute right away. He has great size at 6'1", 240 pounds, he lays ball carriers out with his ferocious hits and is excellent in run support. He has about as much upside as anybody in this year's class and is a playmaker on the defensive side of the ball.
But what are the chances of him really sticking to his recent commitment to Auburn?
With this just happening, I would say they aren't very good. Sure, he could end up staying with the Tigers when it's all said and done, but it won't be without a few headaches. This is the same player who recently said he was "100 percent committed" to the team he just decommitted from.
But while Nick Saban has yet to have the last word, there is another team in the running, and that is the Georgia Bulldogs. Foster recently checked out Athens and enjoyed it enough to call it his best visit so far in the recruiting process.
“It’s everything about Georgia,” he said. “The fans, the coaches, the players—everything. I’m a Georgia boy. I’m from Alabama originally, but I was raised in Georgia. I’m a Georgia boy.” (via Scout.com)
He also made a point to say that he will be back to get a little bit more information.
“I don’t know when, but I will be back,” he said.
Georgia also has something that no other team has, which is 4-star safety Tray Matthews, who has already committed to Georgia. He happens to be best friends with the 5-star recruit and has said previously that he wants to play with him.
“I’m definitely going to play with Tray – period, no matter what the school.” Foster said. (via SicEmDawgs.com)
Auburn may be the team of the week for the top linebacker recruit, but it does not look like this is a done deal just yet. Alabama is, of course, a school that won't go down without a fight and it seems like Georgia has everything going in the right direction, except the commitment.