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Thursday, November 15, 2012
Dawgs hope Foster keeps UGA on mind

By Kipp Adams


Even though the University of Georgia has 27 commitments for the 2013 class, there are several top targets remaining on the board that the Bulldogs' coaching staff is hoping to reel in by signing day. One of those prospects, ESPN 150 prospect Reuben Foster (Auburn, Ala./Auburn), has been a priority target for Todd Grantham and the defense for over two years, even after he made commitments to other programs.

Last summer, Foster was seriously considering Alabama, Auburn and Georgia before committing to the Crimson Tide. The Bulldogs did not stop recruiting Foster, and he visited Athens several times during the spring.

Reuben Foster
Reuben Foster decommitted from Alabama to later commit to Auburn.
After a coaching change at his high school, Foster transferred to Auburn (Ala.) High, putting the Auburn University campus within walking distance. In July, Foster switched his commitment to Auburn. To show how solid his commitment was, Foster got a tattoo on his forearm of the Auburn logo. That statement gave little hope that other programs, Georgia included, would have a legitimate chance of swaying the 6-foot-2, 240-pound linebacker.

Throughout his recruitment, an ongoing storyline with Foster was his close relationship with ESPN 150 safety Tray Matthews (Newnan, Ga./Newnan). The two have been friends since middle school, and have made multiple statements hinting that they would play together at the next level. That led to ample speculation as to which prospect would change his commitment, and following Foster's switch to Auburn, the Tigers made a run at Matthews as well. Matthews remained solid to Georgia, and continues to provide an advantage in the Bulldogs' attempt to get Foster.

As the college regular season draws to a close, Georgia and Auburn are two programs going in different directions. Foster was in attendance last weekend to see the two teams play, witnessing the Bulldogs clinch the SEC East for the second year in a row with a resounding 38-0 victory over the Tigers. Foster is aware of the uncertainty surrounding the Auburn coaching staff, and he admitted on Sunday that a change in the staff would certainly cause him to re-evaluate his options. He knows he has a spot waiting for him in Athens, Ga.