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Five-star Foster talks to Malzahn

There is not a prospect in the Class of 2013 that has more eyes on his recruitment than Reuben Foster (Auburn, Ala.) Shortly after checking in for the 26th annual Alabama-Mississippi All-Star game, the 6-foot-1, 240-pound five-star linebacker gave the latest on his recruitment.

Five-star linebacker Reuben Foster meets with reporters during check-in for the 26th annual Alabama-Mississippi All-Star game on Monday in Montgomery, Ala.

“It’s been getting kind of crazy,” Foster said since de-committing from Auburn on Dec. 7. “I knew it was coming. Georgia Tech, Miami, Georgia and Washington came by. That was just today.”

Of today’s visits, Georgia is a program that many consider a serious threat to pull in the hard-hitting, downhill linebacker.

“It was (Bulldogs defensive coordinator) Todd Grantham,” Foster said. “It went well. He was just talking to me about having a good relationship. I’ve been talking to him. He’s a good person, a well-known person.”

While the schools stopping by Auburn High to see Foster are certainly expected, the Under Armour All-America dropped a bit of unexpected news today concerning a conversation with new Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn.

“I talked to him today,” Foster said. “I went by there (Auburn). It went great. I’m going to give him a chance. He said he needs me. He looks forward to coaching me. He said he wants me back on the boat.”

Foster, who has been committed to both Alabama and Auburn in the last year, has also been talking to the Crimson Tide.

“I talked to (Alabama defensive coordinator) Kirby Smart three or four days ago. It’s the same ole same ole – you know where home’s at,” he said.

While Foster isn’t ready to tip his hand for official visit plans leading up to a signing day decision, there is another SEC program that is likely to get a visit.

“I’m going to visit Texas A&M,” he said. “I don’t know when. I’m going to take a visit there. It might not be an official.”

It’s been the constant work of Auburn High teammate, friend and Aggies commitment Cameron Echols-Luper (Auburn, Ala.) that has done the trick.

“He told me about them (Texas A&M) the whole ride up here (to Montgomery),” Foster said. “He’s recruiting me very, very hard. I’m definitely going to go out there with him.”.

When it comes to choosing five schools for official visits, Foster isn’t quite sure how the process will play out.

“I don’t know who is still in it,” he said. “I’ve just got an open mind. I know I’m going to visit Georgia, Miami, South Carolina and Washington too. Alabama and Auburn too.”

When is comes time to sit down and make a final decision, it will be Foster and the most important person in his life.

“My mom,” he said, “I’m a mama’s boy, so my mom is going to help me.”

The Alabama-Mississippi All-Star game gets the week of practice started on Tuesday morning with the game set for Saturday at noon at Cramton Bowl in Montgomery, Ala.



Foster is the nation’s seventh-ranked overall prospect and the top inside linebacker prospect according to 247Sports.

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