Alabama lost its top commitment for its 2013 recruiting class when 5-star linebacker Reuben Foster switched his commitment in favor of in-state rival Auburn earlier this afternoon, according to Michael Carvell of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Foster, who is rated as the nation’s top inside linebacker and No. 2 overall prospect by Rivals, had been committed to the Crimson Tide for nearly a year before his change of heart earlier this afternoon.
With an offseason transfer (from Lagrange, GA to Auburn, AL) that has him set to play his senior season in Auburn’s backyard. Foster has been a prospect that has kept Crimson Tide fans on edge with numerous visits to Auburn and Georgia over the last few months.
Foster’s decommitment leaves a hole at inside linebacker—and although the Crimson Tide signed a pair of talented middle linebackers in the 2012 class (Reggie Ragland and Denzel Devall), they could be left in a gloomy predicament should CJ Mosley leave for the NFL draft next season.
The loss is a major blow—especially taking into account that there do not appear to be any of the nation’s top middle linebacker prospects that are strongly considering Alabama at this point (which could obviously change going forward), the prospect of replacing him with another recruit of similar talent appears grim.
So where will Nick Saban and his staff turn to after Foster’s switch?
Find out in this breakdown of the Crimson Tide middle linebacker targets.