Published July 13, 2012 - 9:44am
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In a strange twist of events, two different high-profile high school players in two different recruiting classes oddly intertwined yesterday.
Each was committed to one Alabama school and later decommitted and flipped to their in-state’s heated rival.
Yesterday, current top LB prospect Reuben Foster flipped his commitment from Alabama to Auburn. To make a long story short, the former Georgia native, who has since moved to Auburn, Alabama, to finish his high school career, had been committed to Alabama for quite sometime until he called a press conference (yes, a press conference!) yesterday to inform media of his switch to Auburn.
Here is the exact transcript from the press conference:
Over the last few weeks, I’ve really put a lot of thought and time into where I wanted to (continue) my football career. I am blessed that I am in the situation where I have several great opportunities, and I appreciate everyone attending this meeting. I want to make an announcement so I can put this behind me and get on with all the work that I need to do for high school and get prepared for college, both academically and athletically.
I am going to enroll at Auburn University.
I have a lot of respect for Alabama and the coaches and all the other people that are there. But at the end of the day, I felt like Auburn University is the place for me and my family and had the best situation for me and my family. I am 100 percent confident with my final decision. I feel great about my decision, and I’m excited to get started.
Current Alabama RB TJ Yeldon committed to Auburn early in the recruiting process to only decommit and sign with Alabama.
This happens all the time. So what’s the big deal?
Oddly enough, Foster’s statement was the exact same as current Alabama RB TJ Yeldon’s statement when he flipped from Auburn to eventually sign with the Tide on signing day.
“Over the last few weeks, I’ve really put a lot of time and thought into where I want to go to school and continue my football career,” Yeldon said in the statement. “I am blessed to be in a situation where I have several great opportunities and I appreciate everyone involved who has helped me get to this point.
“I want to make an announcement so I can put this behind me and get to work on the things I need to do to prepare for college both athletically and academically. I am going to enroll at the University of Alabama in January.
“I have a lot of respect for Auburn, the coaches, and all of the people there, but at the end of the day I feel like the University of Alabama is the best situation and fit for me and my family. I am 100 percent confident with my final decision. I feel great about it and I’m excited to get started.”
This is a really crazy deal.
This can mean one of two things:
- This is such a big deal in the state of Alabama that Foster wanted to follow in someone’s footsteps who had done this before; so, he used Yeldon’s exact same statement. Yeldon’s decommitment obviously created some buzz in the state of Alabama and around the SEC, but it eventually blew over. Foster probably hopes this one does too…or does he?
- On the contrary – and what I believe – this was meticulously thought out by both Foster and Auburn to take a subtle jab at Alabama and Yeldon.
Just another day in the life of the Alabama-Auburn rivalry that makes SEC football so great.