Auburn commit and longtime UGA recruiting target Reuben Foster visited campus yesterday for an unofficial visit alongside his BFF and top Georgia commit Tray Matthews. Radi Nabulsi of ESPN's Dawg Nation caught up with both of them after the game. Foster claims he is still committed to Auburn but visited Georgia to "get back cool with the Georgia staff... to see how everything is going." Foster affirmed that certain unnamed Bulldog coaches are still keeping in touch insisting that he can play a big role and even be a leader in Todd Grantham's defense.
The dumpster fire that is Auburn football right now is burning brightly and Trooper Taylor is doing all he can to keep Foster, the #1 ILB prospect in the country, committed to Auburn, including begging him to "hold this class together." Well, Foster, who transferred high schools due to a coaching change will not sign with Auburn if Gene Chizik is fired. He says this in as few words during the interview (linked above). Not all the towel-waving, tattoo-getting, wire-transferring antics in the world from Mr. Taylor can change that. Why on earth would an elite prospect commit to a program in the midst of a coaching change and impending NCAA sanctions that will surely hit the program hard for years to come?
Reuben Foster did not attend a game in Sanford Stadium yesterday just to hang out with his buddy Tray. He sees the writing on the wall at Auburn and wants to have a plan for his football future, as any elite prospect should. Matthews, who predicted the recent flip of cornerback Brendan Langley from South Carolina to Georgia, boldly predicted that Foster would be the next Georgia commit. At this point, I wouldn't rule that out.
Foster would be a welcome addition to the class, joining Reggie Carter, Tim Kimbrough, Shaun McGee, Johnny O'Neal and Ryne Rankin to form an impressive stable of linebackers for Coach Grantham to work with.
In other news, the secondary, in which Matthews figures to be a leader next season, received yet another commit yesterday in Kennar Johnson, a 6'3', 190-lb. JUCO safety out of Mississippi Gulf Coast, the same school that gave us John Jenkins. Georgia is losing a ton of DBs at the end of this season but with players like Johnson coming in, I'm not too worried.
This class, already at 30 commits (some of whom plan to enroll early to count against the 2012 total), is really shaping up to be something special.