Speculation and rumors have been circulating for months now regarding five-star linebacker Reuben Foster (Auburn, Ala./Auburn) and his recruitment.
On Thursday, it all came to a head when the former Alabama commitment flipped to Auburn during a news conference at his high school.
It was worst-case scenario for Alabama fans. Not only was he the Crimson Tide’s top-rated recruit in 2013, but he switched to their in-state rival.
However, all is not lost.
There’s no denying how valuable Foster was based on talent alone, but linebacker wasn’t a position of need for Alabama in this class. UA signed four linebackers in last year’s class, all four ranked in the ESPN 150.
On the other hand, quarterback was a big position of need in 2013, and Alabama has already landed a commitment from Salt Lake City signal-caller Cooper Bateman, an ESPN 150 member and the nation’s No. 6 pocket passer.
After signing just two offensive lineman a year ago, there was a need for depth up front in this class, and the Tide already have four commitments and still have the possibility of grabbing offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil, the nation’s No. 3 player overall.
The list goes on. Pass-catching tight end, check. Cornerback, check. Dynamic running back might not have been on the list, but Alabama has commitments from two in the ESPN 150.
There’s no doubt Foster was the most talented player in Alabama’s class to date and a significant loss, but a loss that UA can overcome. The only question now is will Foster attract any other Tide commitments or targets to Auburn with him?