The Reuben Foster soap opera finally came to an end on Monday night when the 5-star linebacker announced he will be attending the University of Alabama in the fall.
CBS Sports' Bruce Feldman gave us the confirmation:
Reuben Foster, the 5-star ILB who got that Auburn tat months ago only to decommit to Auburn, just said he'll play for Bama.— Bruce Feldman (@BFeldmanCBS) February 5, 2013
OK, well considering the back-and-forth, unpredictable nature of Foster's recruitment, the soap opera probably isn't officially over until his fax comes in on national signing day on Wednesday, but this chapter is at least over.
When Foster, who is ranked as the No. 1 linebacker and seventh-ranked overall prospect according to 247 Sports' composite rankings, announced his decision live on television, the Twitter world unsurprisingly came alive.
Some of the responses were unfortunately ugly, as many fans were unhappy to lose out on the insanely talented (and sometimes controversial) prospect, but some were entertaining.
Let's take a look at the latter.
As was probably expected, much of the hoopla was surrounding Foster's Auburn tattoo, which was a major headline both when he got it and when he decommitted from the Tigers back in December.
The "SEC Logo" Twitter account set the stakes by providing a picture and noting the potential awkward situation if Foster picked Auburn's rival:
5-Star Reuben Foster will decide tonight, that tattoo will look really funny in a Bama or UGA uniform: twitter.com/SEC_Logo/statu…— The SEC Logo (@SEC_Logo) February 5, 2013
Well, he did.
No worries, though. Sports Illustrated's Stewart Mandel had an idea of how to sidestep any future uneasy moments:
Will there be someone on hand tonight for tattoo laser removal if Reuben Foster picks someone other than Auburn?— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) February 4, 2013
It's not all so bad, though. This Alabama supporter reminded us that A.J. McCarron might be the real winner of the night:
Who is most excited about Reuben Foster committing to Bama? AJ McCarron, who no longer has the most embarrassing tattoo on the team.— Hunter Johnson (@HunterLJohnson) February 5, 2013
Of course, for all the jokes that get made about Foster's tattoo, Bleacher Report's Barrett Sallee reminded us that the work of art indeed has more significance than collegiate rivalries:
Too much is made of Reuben Foster's tattoo. He says it's in honor of his late cousin, former AU player LaDarious Phillips. Let it be.— Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) February 4, 2013
Consider it been.
The Seattle Times' Bob Condotta (along with a lot of other viewers) was getting a little anxious, and posted this tweet a good 22 minutes after the announcement show officially began:
Definitely milking all they can out of Reuben Foster announcement. Will get to it after another 100 or so ads, apparently.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) February 5, 2013
Foster's announcement didn't come until 10:55 p.m. EST, but that type of drawn-out process is the norm with these type of things.
And it might not even be the end. Wes Mitchell of TheBigSpur.com speculated that Foster could still truly be undecided:
Man Reuben Foster looked completely torn making that decision. Almost like he made it while on the air. Long way to Wednesday.— Wes Mitchell (@WesMitchell247) February 5, 2013