Alabama Football: 5 Reasons Nation's No. 2 Recruit Will Flip Back to the Tide
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There was another shocker that took place in the recruiting world recently. The best middle linebacker in the 2013 class, Reuben Foster, decided to decommit from the Alabama Crimson Tide and take his talents to the hated Auburn Tigers.
Foster is an instant-impact player, somebody who could step on the field right away and help contribute. He has solid size at 6'1" and 200-plus pounds, a great combination of speed and strength and is one of the best sure tacklers this class has to offer.
He would have been a great fit in this already stacked Alabama defense, but there is still a good chance he will end up in Tuscaloosa when all is said and done.
Here are five reasons that the 5-star recruit will switch back to the Crimson Tide eventually.
Make Up Your Mind Already
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As we talked about yesterday, Foster is one of those recruits who cannot make up his mind. As a result, there is a great chance that he will flip-flop between schools until national signing day.
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, he recently said he was "100 percent committed" to Alabama. Later, per SicEmDawgs.com, he said he was determined to play with his best friend Tray Matthews regardless of the school.
Matthews is currently committed to the Georgia Bulldogs. This doesn't add up, given his statement.
The recruiting process is one of the most difficult things these young kids will ever have to go through. Making the right decision makes all the difference in the world for a successful future. We have seen many recruits that change schools more than some change underwear. Foster may just be one of those players in 2013.
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Maybe I'm crazy, but as a collegiate athlete, I would think you would want to have the best chance to be successful. In order to do that, winning plays a big part, and there aren't too many programs that can compete for a national championship year in and year out like Alabama.
The Crimson Tide has reached three BCS bowl games in the last four years, with two of those being national championship victories. Alabama again has a loaded team heading into the 2012 season, and with the recruiting classes they put together, there is no sign of this program slowing down soon.
Alabama is not a team that has to rebuild, it simply reloads. There are only a handful of teams that can say that, which is why it is such an attractive destination.
Chance to Step in and Contribute
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Foster is the type of player who will see extensive playing time in his true freshmen year, regardless of where he ends up. However, playing for Alabama would give him the chance to play and not have so much pressure to succeed right away. He would be playing with some of the best young players in the country, which should help him ease into a starting role.
In 2012, Alabama put together the best linebacker class, landing players like 5-star Reggie Ragland and 4-star recruits in Dillon Lee and Denzel Devall. It's also important to know that current 5-star linebacker Matthew Thomas is also very high on the Crimson Tide at the moment, according to 247Sports.com.
Alabama had one of the best linebacker corps in the country last season, and it will likely remain that way with this ridiculous recruiting class. I'm sure Foster would not mind being a part of this elite group for years to come.
Nick Saban Factor
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There simply is not a better recruiter in the country than Alabama head coach Nick Saban. He puts together top-10 classes with ease and more times than not lands enough top recruits to arguably have the best recruiting class in the country.
Saban is not the type of coach who will give up on a player he wants, and he certainly will not let one that he had just walk off campus without a fight.
You can expect Saban to pull out all of the stops on Foster. With everything else this program has to offer, it should be enough in the end.
National Signing Day Is Not Until February
Foster may in fact end up staying with Auburn, but there is simply way too much time from now until national signing day to celebrate. A verbal commitment does not mean much until that letter of intent is signed in February of next year.
"I am an Alabama commitment though and I am sticking with my commitment. I have to do what is best for me and going to Alabama seems best right now," Foster said back in April (via Scout.com).
Right now, Auburn happens to be the pick of the week. Tomorrow, it could be Georgia or Miami.
Alabama has the most to offer right now, arguably the top coach in the country and the best chance to win another national championship.
"It going to be even better, because when I get there, and the people who they're recruiting get there, I have a feeling they're going to win another National Championship," Foster said of Alabama in the interview.
The 5-star recruit could remain in Auburn, but I will believe it when I see it.