5-star LB Reuben Foster decommits from Auburn: Georgia, LSU in play

Former Tigers' assistant Trooper Taylor played a key role in Reuben Foster's recruitment at Auburn. (US Presswire)

New Auburn coach Gus Malzahn made the decision to allow his new coordinators the opportunity to decide whether any current Tigers' staff members would be retained for 2013. On Friday it was reported that wide receivers coach and notable recruiter Trooper Taylor would be let go, and shortly thereafter the Tigers lost one of their biggest commits from the 2013 class.

Five-star linebacker Reuben Foster told Rivals.com that he had decommitted from Auburn, re-opening his recruitment to Georgia, LSU, Miami and Washington, among others. The 6-foot-2, 240-pound linebacker is ranked by Tom Lemming as the No. 3 overall recruit in the 2013 class, and considered by many to be one of the best linebackers in the country.

Earlier this week, Foster told ESPN.com that he thought Malzahn was a "great hire" for the Tigers. However, the highly-touted recruit also said that he was "waiting to see what happens with Coach Taylor because my relationship with him is different than a regular coach-to-player relationship."

With Taylor out of the picture at Auburn, it appears that Foster is as well. Next item for the star linebacker will be figuring out a way to remove or alter the giant Auburn tattoo on his right forearm. When Foster switched his commitment from Alabama to Auburn, he made it official with a sizable use of ink.

Maybe tattoo removal services could end up being the recruiting edge for Georgia, LSU, Miami or Washington. Needless to say, the final months leading up to the signing period should be very interesting with yet another elite prospect up for grabs.

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