January 4, 2013; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Team Nitro lineback Reuben Foster (2) during the first half at the Under Armour All-America high school Game at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Reuben Foster Announces Intent to Sign With Alabama Crimson Tide

Reuben Foster ended months of speculation Monday night by announcing his intention to play for the Alabama Crimson Tide. Rated the nation’s top linebacker and the overall 15th-ranked recruit by 247Sports, Foster’s recruitment has been filled with drama, and has kept sports message boards guessing for over a year.

Surrounded by his family on the set of a recruiting show on FOX Sports South, Foster appeared pained as he made his decision, which ended an evening of speculation and anticipation.

The 6-foot-1, 240-pound Georgia native initially committed to the Crimson Tide as a junior. Then in April of 2012, he transferred to Auburn High School and moved with his family to Auburn. Foster changed his commitment from Alabama to Auburn in July, and seemed to underline his decision by getting a tattoo of the Auburn logo.

The firing of Gene Chizik and Co. caused Reuben to switch again, decommiting from the Tigers and opening his recruitment. His final official visit was to Auburn this past weekend, but Foster abruptly left for Tuscaloosa amid reports that he had been involved in an altercation with a current Auburn player. Some reports have said Foster was trying to induce other recruits to play for Alabama.

Although nothing is final until his Letter Of Intent is faxed into the university offices, this latest announcement seems to be the end of the wild story. Hopefully Foster can now find some stability and receive the kind of personal development that will allow him to succeed as well off the field as he likely will on it.

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