5-star LB Foster decommits from Auburn; may visit UGA in January

One of the nation’s top recruits is back in play for the Bulldogs.

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Georgia coach Mark Richt (left) and Auburn High linebacker Reuben Foster laugh during a camp in June in Athens. Foster has decommitted from Auburn and told Fox Sports Next that he may visit Georgia in January.

Linebacker Reuben Foster of Auburn (Ala.) High has dropped his commitment to Auburn, according to several recruiting websites.

Foster (6-foot-1, 240-pound) is rated as a five-star prospect and as the No. 1 linebacker in the Class of 2013 by Fox Sports NEXT.

The news comes less than two weeks after Gene Chizik was fired as head coach a few days after Gus Malzahn, a former Auburn offensive coordinator, was hired as his replacement. Malzahn has told all assistant coaches that they must reapply for their jobs, including assistant head coach and receivers coach Trooper Taylor, who is credited with landing Foster for the Tigers.

Foster said earlier this week in an interview with ESPN that his commitment hinges on Taylor’s job.

“If Trooper Taylor stays at Auburn, I am all in,” Foster told ESPN. “If he goes, I will see where he goes, too. 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.”

Foster told Fox Sports NEXT on Friday that he has not narrowed down his college choices but has plans to visit Washington this weekend, may visit Miami next week and likely will visit Georgia in January.

Foster has visited Georgia several times, including two weeks ago when Georgia Tech played at Sanford Stadium, and he was in the spotlight when he attended (but did not compete in) a Georgia camp in June.

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