Foster picks 'Bama, Collins spurns 'Canes for Hogs
Five-star linebacker Reuben Foster has a large Auburn tattoo on his right arm, yet he chose Alabama in the end. The Auburn prep star decommitted from the Tigers in December after former head coach Gene Chizik was fired along with his lead recruiter, Trooper Taylor. Since then, Foster has visited Washington, San Diego State, Alabama, Georgia and one final official visit to Auburn. Foster adds another potential star to what should be the nation's best class.
Auburn High head coach Tim Carter told Rivals.com that Foster had narrowed his choices to Auburn, Alabama and Georgia before his announcement Monday night. His commitment gives the Tide their second five-star talent. Five-star defensive tackle A'Shawn Robinson has also been linked to Nick Saban's squad after he decommitted from Texas this past weekend.
Foster's recruitment has been a wild one in a process where nothing is shocking anymore. Considered by many to be the top prep linebacker in the country, Foster initially committed to Alabama in July 2011 before his junior year of high school. He was a student at Troup County High School (LaGrange, Ga.) at the time, but spun some heads when he and his family opted to up and move to Alabama so Foster could transfer to Auburn High.
He flipped his commitment to the Tigers one year after he initially committed to the Crimson Tide. Armed with his large Auburn tattoo (which he says is in honor of his cousin), Foster still decided to decommit and seek out other collegiate options once Chizik and Taylor were fired.
Four-star running back Alex Collins surprisingly committed to Arkansas on Monday night, capping off one of Florida's most unpredictable recruiting battles of the season. Collins is considered one of the top backs in the state and the South Plantation, Florida product has been busy with official visits. Originally a Miami commit, Collins took official visits to Florida State, Wisconsin, Florida, Miami and Arkansas.
Collins' commitment salvages what was otherwise a reeling Arkansas class. In Collins, coach Bret Bielema lands his first major recruit since he took over the Razorbacks. The Hogs had struggled landing big names after their disastrous 2012 season. This also means that Arkansas is probably out on Little Rock product Altee Tenpenny, who is now expected to sign with Alabama (UPDATE: Tenpenny announced earlier that he is "100-percent committed" to Alabama according to al.com).
Collins was rumored to be recommitting to Miami, and his selection signals the continued free fall of the Hurricanes' class. Coach Al Golden may have already lost Army All-American offensive lineman Denver Kirkland after he reportedly offered Kirkland an ultimatum to commit or risk losing his scholarship offer. Now, they've lost out on one of the state's top running backs who was once committed. At Arkansas, Collins could see playing time as soon as next season. The talented back should fit well into the Hogs' run-heavy offense.
The 'Canes are still well-positioned in the recruitments of Booker T. Washington (Miami, Fla.) linebacker Matthew Thomas and Northeast (Oakland Park, Fla.) wide receiver Stacy Coley.