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Reuben Foster officially inks with Alabama over Auburn, Georgia

The nation's top inside linebacker has made his pre-National Signing Day announcement official.


Reuben Foster, one of the top linebacker commits in the nation has stuck with a school in SEC country, deciding to sign with Alabama after all. He's committed to a SEC West school on three different occasions, and now has an official final spot for the time being. Thus concludes one of the all-time most eventful recruiting experiences.

Foster, a 6-foot-2, 228-pounder, had changed his mind several times before coming up with his final decision. First, he was committed to Alabama, but transferred to Auburn High School, just down the road from Auburn. That led to speculation he'd switch his commitment, and sure enough, he swapped schools, going from the Crimson Tide to the Tigers, persuaded by then-Auburn assistant coach Trooper Taylor -- the father of one of his high school teammates. Auburn seemed like the school for him (he even got a huge Auburn tattoo) but he decommitted when the school let go of Taylor. Monday night, he again committed to Alabama, getting congratulations from Barack Obama along the way.

That left several schools on equal footing: Georgia was considered the frontrunner, but Texas A&M got a visit, and Washington got a visit as well. (Foster thought it was cold.) He said a big factor in his recruiting would be adequate child care, as he is raising a three-year-old daughter.

He was pictured on signing day in an Alabama hat and vest, so, its official.

For more on Tide football, visit Alabama blog Roll Bama Roll, plus SEC blog Team Speed Kills.

Ratings: Foster is the top inside linebacker recruit in the country, rated the No. 13 player overall by Rivals. He's also rated No. 2 by Scout, No. 15 by 247 and No. 16 by ESPN.

Vitals: 6'1, 240, with an alleged 40 time of 4.6.

Other offers: At least a dozen offers by major schools.


Recruitment timeline: The Reuben Foster saga, as told by SB Nation's Foster StoryStream.

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