On Saturday, ESPN 150 linebacker Reuben Foster (Auburn, Ala./Auburn) was still hopeful that the Auburn coaching staff would be retained. Then less than 24 hours later, he got word that Gene Chizik had been fired.
“The news is hitting me hard,” Foster said. “I am really stressing right now. I am going down there now to check out what is going on and try to talk to the coaches.”
Following an unofficial visit to Georgia on Saturday, Foster told ESPN.com that he was monitoring the situation with the Auburn staff, and that he was trying to avoid any rash decisions. But he did hint that his recruitment would be heavily affected by them being fired.
“We talk about the situation at Auburn and UGA, and I put it out there that everything is hard right now and with the coaches getting fired,” Foster said. “If I say something right now, I would be saying it with anger and not like I meant it. It is so hard. I do not know what to do. The coaching staff staying at Auburn will play a huge role because of the relationship I have with them. They are like family to me, just like Mark Richt is.”
Foster is also worried about reactions, from fans and on social media, to what has been an interesting recruiting cycle for the 6-foot-2, 242-pound prospect. He originally committed to Alabama before switching to Auburn. Now he is faced with the possibility of again changing his commitment.
“You got fans talking about this and fans talking about that,” Foster said. “I do not want to be judged again. I left Troup High School [in LaGrange] because one coach got fired. Now another coach is getting fired and I move again, that is another situation to talk about, which I do not want. So I am playing smart about both sides and trying to figure out a lot of things about what I can do in life.”