Published August 13, 2012 - 2:30pm
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The top linebacker in the country for 2013 Reuben Foster will meet with NCAA investigators about his commitment to Auburn.
If you’ll remember, Foster flipped from Alabama to Auburn in a weird twist of events, almost jabbing the Crimson Tide in the process.
Now, the NCAA wants to make sure everything is clean with his flip.
His mom spoke to the AJC and confirmed the meeting with the NCAA.
“They [the NCAA] are talking with Reuben and me,” Anita Paige said. “They want to make sure there was nothing illegal done to get us down here, or anything like that. They want to make sure there wasn’t a college booster involved.
“No, there was not a booster involved or anybody from the college involved. There was nothing illegal.”
Foster left his high school in Georgia and enrolled at Auburn High School after his coach left.
And as you might expect, there has been some backlash over his decommitment from Bama and flip to Auburn.
“Yes, the Alabama people have said all kinds of awful things, saying he is a traitor, and that ‘You can go play with the pigs if you want.’ They told him you won’t be playing for any championships at Auburn the next four years … just a lot of mean stuff.”
He cemented his commitment to Auburn officially by getting a massive tattoo on his forearm.
Evidently, his mother said his commitment to Auburn is so strong that his entire family wants to get tattoos, too.
Updates as the story progresses:
AL.com has learned the reason the investigators are questioning Foster and his mother is about the family’s move to Auburn from Georgia. Foster’s mother said she wanted to move “because it’s a better school system for academics. Reuben only has one more year of high school, but it was my baby girl (Kayla, 12 years old) who I was more worried about. I want them to get a good education.”
Auburnundercover.com has learned that Foster and his mother met with the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA), not the NCAA as previously reported by the AJC.
9 PM Update: The AJC contacted Foster’s mother and asked her if the meeting was between the AHSAA or the NCAA. She promptly responded, “I can’t say. I’m not allowed to comment on that.”