Auburn football recruiting: Reuben Foster announces for Alabama

USA TODAY Sports

For the second time in this recruiting cycle, Reuben Foster announced his commitment to Alabama Monday night.

Reuben Foster's wild ride took another turn Monday night, and it made an about-face. Foster once again committed to play his college football for Alabama on FSN's "New College Football Show."

The announcement came on the heels of bizarre weekend, when Foster was scheduled for an official visit on the Plains but turned up in Tuscaloosa Saturday night. He spent Friday night and most of Saturday in Auburn, according to multiple reports, and his mother never left for Alabama's campus. Foster chose Alabama over Auburn and Georgia, but it is widely believed that his decision was down to the Tigers and the Tide.

A consensus five-star linebacker out of Auburn High School, Foster stands at 6'1 and weighs in at 240 pounds, and he is tabbed as the No. 1 inside linebacker and No. 6 player overall in 247Sports's composite rankings. He has great speed for his size, running a 4.6 40-yard dash.

Foster originally committed to Alabama on July 18, 2011, and he remained pledged to the Crimson Tide for nearly a year. After transferring to Auburn High from Troupe County in LaGrange, Ga., following his junior year of high school, he flipped his commitment to Gene Chizik's Tigers on July 12, 2012. But after Chizik's firing at the end of a disastrous 3-9 season and the hiring of Gus Malzahn, Foster decommitted from Auburn and reopened his recruitment.

Considering how many times Foster has changed his mind in the process, this probably isn't over. No one should consider him a lock until he has officially signed with the school of his choosing. However, Auburn's chances of landing Foster have significantly decreased.

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