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Five-star LB with Auburn tattoo decommits from Tigers

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Uh oh.

We told you over the summer that Auburn had landed linebacker Rueben Foster, the former five-star linebacker, according to, who had originally committed to Alabama before switching his allegiance. Not long after Foster pledged his verbal, non-binding commitment to the Tigers, he “inked” his letter of intent on his arm. So to speak.

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Now, five months later, Foster has decommitted from Auburn according to multiple recruiting outlets. Foster did tell 247Sports that Auburn is still in the mix and will be considered before he makes his final decision.

Auburn hired former offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn earlier this week and Malzahn released everyone on Gene Chizik‘s coaching staff, including wide receivers coach Trooper Taylor. Taylor recruited Foster to Auburn.

“If Trooper Taylor stays at Auburn, I am all in. If he goes, I will see where he goes too,” Foster told ESPN earlier this week. “I just need to see where he ends up. If he goes to another school, I will go there. Hopefully that school will want me too because I would love to follow him.”

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34 Responses to “Five-star LB with Auburn tattoo decommits from Tigers”
  1. kane337 says: Dec 7, 2012 3:15 PM

    A LB following around a wide receivers coach. Hmmm.

  2. tonyricemajorharris says: Dec 7, 2012 3:18 PM

    Talk about a kid the just doesn’t get it at so many levels. Get a clue. Grow up.

  3. thraiderskin says: Dec 7, 2012 3:18 PM

    Kid looks like he should be going straight into the NFL, could he be more stacked?

  4. papabush88 says: Dec 7, 2012 3:19 PM

    Lane, hire Trooper Taylor

  5. Deb says: Dec 7, 2012 3:25 PM

    That says it all!

    Congrats to Coach Malzahn for sweeping out the dirt on the Auburn staff. And if that LB just wants to follow Trooper Taylor, then Auburn is better off without him.

  6. thecincinnatikid2 says: Dec 7, 2012 3:26 PM

    Urban Meyer, hurry up and hire Trooper Taylor. We need LB’s badly!

  7. gotampabay52 says: Dec 7, 2012 3:31 PM

    UT lets hire Trooper and we will cover up that tat

  8. spudvol says: Dec 7, 2012 3:36 PM

    Following the money.

  9. reefcup says: Dec 7, 2012 3:46 PM

    Isn’t Trooper being investigated by the NCAA?

  10. dgbk says: Dec 7, 2012 3:47 PM

    Lot of these kids develop relationships with coaches when they are 13 or 14. While it may seem naive on his part to pick a coach and not a school it’s his choice. He want to be loyal to Taylor I don’t think that is not a negative.

    as far as the lb following a wr coach. recruiting is not always done by position coach it’s done by area and who on staff has a good relationship with local coaches. Example of this is last yr uf specials teams and lb coach D.J. Durkin brought in five star left tackle D.J. Humphries and several other North Carolina players. Durkin recruits North carolina for the gators.

  11. irishwhiskie says: Dec 7, 2012 3:54 PM


    Be careful what you wish for. The kid seems to have an obsession with tattoos as it is.

  12. Deb says: Dec 7, 2012 3:55 PM

    reefcup says:

    Isn’t Trooper being investigated by the NCAA?
    If he isn’t, he should be.

  13. houndofthebaskervols says: Dec 7, 2012 4:05 PM

    Drama queen.

  14. seabronco says: Dec 7, 2012 4:18 PM

    Oregon state hire that coach!

  15. vols84 says: Dec 7, 2012 4:40 PM

    Trooper is toxic. Burns bridges everywhere. No team wants him and the NCAA baggage he brings.

  16. blitz4848 says: Dec 7, 2012 4:53 PM

    Within 15 days of hiring Trooper Taylor the NCAA will open a field office in the the city of the hiring school.

  17. 8to80texansblog says: Dec 7, 2012 4:53 PM

    Reminds me of the dumb Texans fan that got a SB Champ tattooed on his arm and the next week Matt Schaub went down. Doh!

  18. waxthat says: Dec 7, 2012 5:14 PM

    Come to A&M and wins championship(s) with Manziel

  19. madtownthrowdown says: Dec 7, 2012 5:15 PM

    Urban Meyer should probably hire Trooper. I here they are pretty good with Tattoo’s up near Columbus.

  20. normtide says: Dec 7, 2012 5:17 PM

    He said the same thing about Chizic. He will end up at auburn, he is just bring a star athlete diva. He is seeing if he can away auburn decisions.

  21. mtflsmitty says: Dec 7, 2012 5:28 PM

    Yes, OSU, Oregon, TX hire Trooper to get his 5-star lap dog. Good plan. I’m sure those programs would have nothing but the player’s very best interests at heart.

  22. BrownsTown says: Dec 7, 2012 6:07 PM

    Trooper was smart and only made a small deposit. If this kid wants the balance, he needs to follow TT to his new gig.

  23. jmb795 says: Dec 7, 2012 6:26 PM

    Hope Trooper doesn’t go to West Point.

  24. christopher525 says: Dec 7, 2012 7:23 PM–sources–ncaa-investigating-auburn-s-football-program-201343758.html

    Hmm, I wonder why he’s so dedicated to this coach? Who fronted the cash for such a large tattoo for a highschool kid?

  25. mcgillicutty49er says: Dec 7, 2012 9:33 PM

    Trooper going to West Point…that’s funny right there

  26. kozbee says: Dec 7, 2012 10:57 PM

    Rueben Foster has always said from the beginning that him and Tray Matthews will play on the same team in college.One of three things will happen,Tray and Rueben will both play for Georgia or Tray will decommit and both will go to Auburn or Tray will decommit and both will play elsewhere.I knew this was coming from the start when Rueben commited to Auburn and tried like hell to get Tray to join him as Tray likewise to Rueben.Couple kids,i wonder if they will get a room together in the same dorm.Great players though but kids heads on mens bodys.Rueben i cant understand the tattoo lol,amazing.

  27. jimbo75025 says: Dec 7, 2012 11:48 PM

    gotampabay52 says:
    Dec 7, 2012 3:31 PM
    UT lets hire Trooper and we will cover up that tat

    If you are referring to UT, we already had Taylor-and do not want him back.

    If you are referring to Texas, they can have him.

  28. woebegong says: Dec 8, 2012 7:45 AM

    I am curious to see what team will hire T. Taylor to get Foster. I don’t think it will be anybody in the SEC, but one never knows.

  29. 35longmiles says: Dec 8, 2012 8:50 AM

    People who tat themselves up and still command the best jobs in life are one in a million. Of course the media, primarily the sports media by default, has fooled us into thinking that having neck tats or sleeves is normal. It’s not. There is a whole generation of people who are condemning themselves to bottom rung jobs because they are all inked up and right or wrong, will carry for the rest of their lives, the burden of looking like they have self esteem issues .

  30. woebegong says: Dec 8, 2012 9:04 AM

    Truth be told, if Foster turns out in college to be as good as he is advertised, tell me what NFL team will be worried about his tattoos and not draft him if he has one. Million dollar contracts have a way of making a tattoo pretty much secondary, and the kid got the Auburn one, no doubt via money from an outside source, but believe me, Foster has no self esteem issues. I guess, you can say, Foster is that one in a million guys in life, you mentioned.
    Think about all of the rich movie stars with tattoos also. Think they have low self esteem? Egomaniacs maybe and way too full of themselves, but hardly low in self esteem.
    Each generation has something new and right now, it is tattoos that these young folks tend to crave to a large extent. My generation, had long hair when I was growing up in the 60’s and was looked on with similar distain by the older generation so it is nothing new really. Now my generation is looked down once again, and deservedly so for some of the worse politicians to ever grace our land.
    No matter where Foster ends up, he will remember where he had a lot of fun as a young kid with that tattoo, and I don’t think it will amount to a hill of beans, to any coach that might ultimately land him in February.

  31. immafubared says: Dec 8, 2012 10:58 AM

    Can’t these do dads just for once own up to the truth. Are they all raised to lie like hell.

    The truth, Auburn was embarrassed this year and is in rebuilding so no big national stage for this team for several years and this guy ain’t sticking around.

  32. 35longmiles says: Dec 8, 2012 1:00 PM

    NFL players? Roughly one in every 175,000. Very long odds.
    Actors? One Ina million
    Looked poorly upon for long hair? Remedied in 20 minutes with this new thing called a haircut.
    Sleeves and neck tats? Permanent, often goofy markings that exclude you from so many things in life. And just as I said earlier, woebegone has been fooled by media to think its normal. Tattoos are for entertainers and losers. The rest of us who are hard working members of society and trying to perhaps, advance our lives, ink is Dead End Boulevard.

  33. dcroz says: Dec 8, 2012 5:05 PM

    In other news, stock in Wrecking Balm tattoo remover increased 40% today.

  34. quitcrying says: Dec 8, 2012 10:24 PM

    damn rueben, that’s one ugly tattoo.

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