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Auburn Football: Reuben Foster Subtly Jabs at Alabama and T.J. Yeldon

Auburn commit Reuben Foster / Photo Credit: AuburnSports.com
Auburn commit Reuben Foster / Photo Credit: AuburnSports.com
Barrett SalleeSEC Football Lead WriterJuly 12, 2012

The Internet has given all of us the opportunity to intentionally anger people from all over the world. This art is known on the Internet as "trolling."

Reuben Foster, a linebacker from Auburn (Ala.) High School and the nation's No. 2 overall recruit, took it to the next level during his commitment press conference on Thursday.

Foster's statement reads almost exactly like the one that Alabama running back T.J. Yeldon issued when he flipped from Auburn to Alabama one day before the recruiting dead period started in December 2011 (h/t Friends of the Program).

Foster's statement via AuburnSports.com:

Over the last several weeks, I've really put a lot of thought and time into where I want to go to continue my football career. I am blessed that I have the situation where I have several great opportunities and I appreciate everyone that attended this and who has helped me get to this point.

I want to make an announcement so I can put this behind me and get to work on what I need to do to prepare for college both academically and athletically.

I am going to enroll at Auburn University.

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. I am 100 percent confident with my final decision.

I feel great about my decision and I'm excited to get started. 

Now read Yeldon's quote from December 2011, courtesy of Don Kausler, Jr. of AL.com:

Over the last few weeks, I've really put a lot of time and thought into where I want to go to school and continue my football career. I am blessed to be in a situation where I have several great opportunities and I appreciate everyone involved who has helped me get to this point.

I want to make an announcement so I can put this behind me and get to work on the things I need to do to prepare for college both athletically and academically.

I am going to enroll at the University of Alabama in January.

I have a lot of respect for Auburn, the coaches, and all of the people there, but at the end of the day I feel like the University of Alabama is the best situation and fit for me and my family. I am 100 percent confident with my final decision.

I feel great about it and I'm excited to get started

Almost verbatim.

The Auburn vs. Alabama rivalry has taken some strange turns during the last few years, and this definitely qualifies as one of the strangest...and funniest.

That's some next-level trolling performed by Foster and whomever put him up to it. 

If that's the way this year's recruiting process is going to work, I can't wait to find out what comes next.

 

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