Calling it a "final decision" that he was "100 percent confident" in, former Troup County (Ga.) High School linebacker Reuben Foster announced during a ceremony at his new high school in Auburn, Ala., that that he had switched his commitment from Alabama to Auburn.
Reuben Foster is rated a five-star prospect and the nation's No. 7 overall player for 2013.
The decision gives the Tigers a five-star player rated No. 7 nationally by 247Sports and the nation's top linebacker for the 2013 class.
Foster attended Auburn’s Big Cat Weekend and has been a regular visitor to the athletic complex over the last few months where he’s developed a strong relationship with Auburn’s staff, including lead recruiter Trooper Taylor.
In announcing his decision, Foster gave a prepared statement and declined to field questions from reporters on hand at Auburn High School.
Here is a full transcript of Foster's statement ...
Over the last few weeks, I've really put a lot of thought and time into where I wanted to (continue) my football career. I am blessed that I am in the situation where I have several great opportunities, and I appreciate everyone attending this meeting. I want to make an announcement so I can put this behind me and get on with all the work that I need to do for high school and get prepared for college, both academically and athletically.
I am going to enroll at Auburn University.
I have a lot of respect for Alabama and the coaches and all the other people that are there. But at the end of the day, I felt like Auburn University is the place for me and my family and had the best situation for me and my family. I am 100 percent confident with my final decision. I feel great about my decision, and I'm excited to get started.