Foster flips committment from Alabama to Auburn

AUBURN, AL (WTVM) - Reuben Foster not only flipped his committment, he issued a challenge in the process.

Foster, considered the top prep linebacker in the country, announced he was changing his verbal committment from Alabama to Auburn.

The announcement was made at Auburn High School's cafeteria on Thursday afternoon.

"Over the last several weeks," Foster said, "I've really put a lot of thought and time into where I want to go to continue my football career. I am blessed that I have the situation where I have several great opportunities and I appreciate everyone that attended this and who has helped me get to this point. I want to make an announcement so I can put this behind me and get to work on what I need to do to prepare for college both academically and athletically."

At this point, he put his four year old daughter A'Ziya on his lap, and continued, "I am going to enroll at Auburn University."

With that announcement, Foster unzipped A'Ziya's coat, revealing her Auburn cheerleader's uniform.

"I have a lot of respect for Alabama, the coaches, and all of the people there and the fans," Foster continued, "but at the end of the day I feel like Auburn University is the best place for me and my family. I am 100 percent confident with my final decision."

The challenge to the Tide comes in the wording of his statement. It matches, almost word for word, the written statement issued by T.J. Yeldon on December 18, announcing that he was decommitting from Auburn. Yeldon enrolled and began attending spring semester classes at Alabama three weeks later.

Foster had 185 tackles last season for Troup High last season. He transferred to Auburn after Troup coach Charles Flowers was fired.

Auburn now has 16 verbal commitments in the 2013 signing class, including the two top-ranked recruits in Alabama.