"I feel like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders," Reuben Foster told Scout. "It is over now and I have transferred from Troup County to Auburn. I will start at Auburn on Thursday."
Foster officially withdrew from Troup County on Wednesday and it was an emotional time for the number two prospect in America.
"I have so many great friends and great teachers there, so it was hard. My friends were crying, my math teacher was crying, and it was tough. It was very hard to say good-bye to people I have been around for long, but I needed to do this. I feel better already."
Charles Flowers is the head coach Foster played for at Troup County the last two seasons and the 6-foot-1, 237 pound linebacker had a strong relationship with the coach. Flowers was dismissed in February and Foster started looking for a new immediately.
There was rumors that Foster would be going to Oxford High School in Alabama, Callaway High School in Georgia, and many others, but Auburn is where he ended up.
He knows going there may not be easy.
"I am going to be hearing a lot about the Auburn Tigers," Foster said with a chuckle. "I will be right down the street from their stadium and I know a lot of Auburn fans go to that school.
"I am an Alabama commitment though and I am sticking with my commitment. I have to do what is best for me and going to Alabama seems best right now.
"I know people want me to go to other schools, but Alabama is the school I have committed to. For those that are wondering, me going to Auburn High School does not mean anything about my commitment to Alabama."
You can bet those Auburn coaches will be working hard to get one of the top high school linebackers in the last decade on their campus as much as possible though.
Cameron Luper is the quarterback and Blaise Taylor is a wide receiver there, and their father's coach under Gene Chizik.
Foster seems as solid as he ever has to the Crimson Tide right now though and he is just focused on getting started at a new school than he is on recruiting.
"I am excited about tomorrow, I am excited to meet new people, and I am excited about this fresh start. I am happy to have it all behind me and I know things will go well at Auburn High."