Reuben Foster, a phenomenal linebacker recruit out of LaGrange (Ga.) Troup High School, has transferred to Auburn (AL) High School according to Scout.com and other reports. Why is this a big deal? For so many reasons.
Foster, a five-star recruit and arguably the top linebacker in the country, has been committed to Alabama since July of 2011. He's now transferring to the high school that is less than two miles from Alabama's mortal enemy, Auburn University.
Want more? Trooper Taylor, Auburn's ace recruiter and public enemy No. 1 for Alabama fans due to his perceived (by Bama fans) shady dealings with recruits and spirited towel waiving, has a son who attends Auburn High School. To say that Foster will have a lot of exposure to the Auburn culture is be an understatement.
Foster is a great combination of athleticism and power, as you can see in his highlight tape.
Can Alabama hold on to Foster? We'll see over the next ten months.
For his part, Foster told Al.com that he was transferring due to academics:
"I'm trying to get what's best for me, credit-wise and academic-wise," Foster said. "Troup (County) High School is a nice academic school, but I just can't graduate early."
Foster's potential move comes after a tumultuous year at Troup County that saw Foster's head coach and mentor Charlie Flowers fired following accusations of the improper transfer of at least one football player into the school district.