Auburn (Ala.) linebacker Reuben Foster, one of the top recruits in the 2013 class, has decommitted from Auburn according to reports by multiple recruiting sites.
"I am opening up my recruitment," Foster told Scout.com on Friday morning. "Recruiting is all about relationships and the person I built the relationship with is no longer there."
On Tuesday, Auburn hired Arkansas State coach and former Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn to replace Gene Chizik. Malzahn elected not to retain Chizik's assistants, including Trooper Taylor, who was instrumental in the recruitment of Foster. After Malzahn was hired, Foster told ESPN that he would wait to see what happened with Taylor.
Foster, a preseason American Family Insurance ALL-USA selection, made news over the summer when he switched his year-long commitment from Alabama to Auburn. Foster then spent $120 to have the Auburn logo tattoed on his forearm.
PHOTO: Foster's Auburn Tattoo
“I knew that I needed to really show people that this was it,” Foster told USA TODAY High School Sports in September. “I needed all the fans and everyone to know that I was really gonna be a Tiger, and I definitely felt like me getting that would show the coaches recruiting me that I was dead serious.”
Foster tweeted today that he's keeping the tattoo to honor his late cousin, LaDarious Phillips, one of two former Auburn players who was shot and killed at an off-campus party in June.
Not getting rid of the tattoo supporting my big cuz Ladarius Phillip R.I.P#keepingit— Reuben Foster (@reubenfoster_FG) December 7, 2012
Foster is reportedly considering Alabama, Georgia, LSU, Miami and Washington.