By backing out of his verbal commitment to play football at Alabama, Rivals' top linebacker of the 2013 class and second highest rated prospect overall set the entire state of Alabama on fire. Reuben Foster had been committed to play at Alabama for almost an entire year before changing his mind and committing to the arch-rival Auburn Tigers.
This set off a whirlwind of opinions from the Tide nation. From false reports that the end of the world was imminent to claims that Foster is not as good as advertised anyway, reactions were plentiful and all over the map.
First of all, all indications are that Foster is indeed the real deal. The fact that he has verbally committed to be playing his college football on the Plains does not change that.
Secondly, the acquisition of Foster is a very big deal for Auburn head coach Gene Chizik and the Tigers. As Alabama knows well, one elite prospect often leads to another, and another, and sometimes even another.
But most importantly, Alabama fans must realize that Reuben Foster is only one man. With or without Foster, Alabama will be just fine. At the end of the day, Reuben Foster may have done Alabama a tremendous favor.