|Alabama Crimson Tide — No. 22|
|Date of birth: May 1994 (age 18–19)|
|Place of birth: Alabama|
|Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)||Weight: 240 lb (109 kg)|
|High school: Auburn (AL)|
|Career highlights and awards|
Reuben Foster (born May 1994) is an American football linebacker. He currently attends Auburn High School in Auburn, Alabama. A consensus High School All-American, Foster is regarded as the No. 1 inside linebacker prospect of his class.
High school career 
A native of Alabama, Foster moved across the border to LaGrange, Georgia, after sixth grade. He attended Troup County High School. During his freshman year in a game against Columbus (GA) Carver, Foster had a heralded performance against highly-touted running back Isaiah Crowell. "That was my coming out party. That's when they started calling me 'Freakish freshman'," said Foster. He completed his freshman season with 110 tackles, and added 112 as a sophomore.
Foster finished his junior season at Troup County High School with 185 tackles, including 34 tackles for loss and 18 sacks. In February 2012, Troup County headcoach Charles Flowers was dismissed, allegedly due to a rumor that he paid to move a football player from Lanett, Alabama, to West Point, Georgia, in order to play for Troup. Immediately afterwards, Foster announced his intention to transfer to another high school for his senior season.
He eventually moved back to Alabama and enrolled at Auburn High School in April 2012. Along with the transfer came a switch in commitment from Alabama to Auburn, which triggered an NCAA investigation. In his senior year at Auburn High, Foster recorded 80 tackles (70 solo) and two sacks, helping the Tigers advance to the quarterfinals of the Class 6A playoffs. Auburn lost 7–8 in a grueling, defensive battle to rival Opelika at Duck Samford Stadium.
Regarded as a five-star recruit by Rivals.com, Foster is listed as the No. 1 inside linebacker of his class. Chris Yeager, who coached the Alabama All-Stars in the 2012 Alabama-Mississippi Classic, compared Foster to Cornelius Bennett. Ever since his sophomore year, Foster was offered by a number of SEC schools. In July 2011, Foster verbally committed to Alabama, citing the NFL pedigree of headcoach Nick Saban and defensive coordinator Kirby Smart as a major factor for his decision. However, as other schools continued to recruit him, Foster left the door open. After transfering to Auburn High School prior to his senior year, Foster decided to de-commit from Alabama, switching to Auburn University. "At the end of the day, I feel like Auburn University is the place for me and my family. I am 100 percent confident with my final decision," said Foster. That commitment lasted until December 2012, when Auburn dismissed head coach Gene Chizik, and assistant coach Trooper Taylor, to whom Foster had developed a personal relationship. Foster went through January looking at different schools, including Alabama, Auburn, South Carolina, Georgia, Washington, Miami (FL) and LSU, with Georgia believed to be the favorite. On National Signing Day, however, Foster re-committed to Alabama.
Foster was born to Inita Berry Paige and Danny Foster. His father allegedly shot his estranged wife in November 1995, while she was holding 18-month-old Reuben Foster, who was wounded in the back. Danny Foster was indicted by a grand jury in 1996 but fled the state before being arrested in California. He was extradited to Randolph County but escaped from jail in December 1996. He took on a new identity in Miami, but was arrested after spending 16 years on the run and will again be extradited to Randolph County, Alabama.
- 247sports.com Composite Rankings ILB 2013
- Rivals.com ILB 2013 Ranking
- Scout.com MLB 2013 Ranking
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- "Opelika rallies late to top Auburn, advances to semifinals". Opelika-Auburn News. November 24, 2012.
- "Foster earns defensive MVP honors in All-America Game". Opelika-Auburn News. January 4, 2013.
- Sentell, Jeff (December 19, 2012). "Better than advertised? Auburn High's Reuben Foster hits that mark and everything else". AL.com.
- Carvell, Michael (July 18, 2011). "LB Reuben Foster commits to Alabama over UGA". Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
- Carvell, Michael (December 30, 2011). "Reuben Foster is committed to Alabama but still flirting with UGA". Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
- Scarborough, Alex (July 12, 2012). "Top recruit Reuben Foster switches from Alabama Crimson Tide to Auburn Tigers". ESPN.
- Scalici, Matt (December 7, 2012). "Five-star linebacker Reuben Foster decommits from Auburn, considering Alabama again". AL.com.
- Galloway, Jason (December 27, 2012). "Auburn High's Foster named Defensive Player of the Year". Opelika-Auburn News.
- Reuben Foster commits to Alabama Crimson Tide despite Auburn Tigers tattoo
- "Local fugitive captured in Miami after 16 years". Randolph Leader. February 8, 2013.
- Father of Alabama signee arrested after 16 years on run
- Arrested fugitive is Alabama football signee Reuben Foster's father
- Family decision for LB Reuben Foster
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