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Reuben Foster donned a straw hat and gray vest similar to Coach Saban's for National Signing Day. Source: WTVM Reuben Foster donned a straw hat and gray vest similar to Coach Saban's for National Signing Day. Source: WTVM
Reuben Foster signs his letter of intent to play for the University of Alabama. Reuben Foster signs his letter of intent to play for the University of Alabama.
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AUBURN, AL (WBRC) -

He's the Auburn High School player in an Alabama hat, with an Auburn tattoo but a heart set on playing for the Tide. Reuben Foster spoke to reporters today at his high school about making up his mind to play for Coach Saban in Tuscaloosa.

Foster showed up in an imitation Saban outfit—a straw hat with a crimson band and a gray vest similar to the ones Coach Saban wears—and told reporters he's excited about his decision.

"I went back and forth…People said I didn't want to play for Alabama, but in my heart I really did want to play for Alabama. My mind was confused but my heart was set on Alabama," Foster explained.

The much sought-after recruit cut short his visit to Auburn last weekend and ended up in Tuscaloosa instead. When asked about the Auburn visit today, Foster said he had no comment.

Foster publicly declared his intent to play for Alabama Monday night during a Fox Sports South show. Today he made that decision formal by signing a letter of intent to play for the Tide on National Signing Day.

The 5-star linebacker said that growing up an Alabama fan and the guidance Alabama offered for getting him "to the next level" in football eventually won him over.

"I just had to pray about it and ask God what's best for me," he said.

Foster said he's relieved to have finally made up his mind about where he'll play football next year.

"It feels great, man, just to get this heavy weight off of my back and my chest," he said.

As far as the Auburn tattoo he's sporting, Foster says it's in memory of Ladarious Phillips, one of the former Auburn football players who was killed in a shooting last June in Auburn.

"I'm keeping it," Foster announced today.

Foster said going through the recruiting process made him realize that he doesn't like to see people sad, and described himself as a guy who doesn't want to hurt anyone's heart.

"I had to realize I can't please everybody. There gonna be some sad people out there," he said.

And while those sad people may include Auburn and Georgia fans hoping Foster would have chosen their team, the Crimson Tide coaches and players were very pleased with his decision.

Foster said coaches Saban and Smart told him they're proud of him and that he did what's right for him and his family after he called to say "Roll Tide."

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