ATLANTA (AP) — Five-star linebacker prospect Reuben Foster says he'll play for Alabama after a recruiting process that left him torn between the state's two rivals — and sporting an Auburn tattoo.
The Auburn (Ala.) High School star said Monday night on Fox SportsSouth that he plans to sign with the two-time defending national champion Crimson Tide over the Tigers — where he had committed at one point — and Georgia.
Foster is rated the nation's No. 2 prospect by Scout.com and a five-star player by each of the major recruiting services. He said he made his decision "on my way up here.
"I was just confused," Foster said on "The New College Football Show" with daughter A'Ziya perched on his lap. "I went on the air and just came out with the heart."
Foster, regarded as the nation's top inside linebacker prospect, says he has been an Alabama fan "since I was a pup." That didn't make the recruiting process simpler, though.
He had switched his initial commitment from Alabama to rival Auburn, and then withdrew his pledge to the Tigers after the firing of coach Gene Chizik. Before flipping, though, he got an Auburn tattoo etched onto his right forearm.