Foster dons Saban-style hat, inks with 'Bama

Reuben Foster

Reuben Foster sported a Nick Saban-style straw hat to sign with Alabama on Wednesday.

The Alabama commit with an Auburn tattoo has now added a Nick Saban-style hat to his repertoire.

Reuben Foster signs his Letter of Intent, Nick Saban hat and all.

Reuben Foster --'s No. 2 overall prospect and top linebacker -- committed to Alabama on Monday, ending a long recruiting saga, and chose a stylish way to make it official Wednesday on National Signing Day.

The local Opelika-Auburn News posted a photo on its Twitter feed of Foster signing his name to his Letter of Intent, his head concealed by the same straw hat with an Alabama logo that Saban, the Crimson Tide head coach, has made famous at team practices.

Foster's signature puts a stamp on a wild recruiting ride that began with a commitment to Alabama in July 2011, then a flip to Auburn in July 2012, then a second re-opening of the recruiting process in December before finally picking Alabama again on Monday.

After the Auburn commitment, Foster elected to get an Auburn tattoo on his arm, which could make for some awkward moments down the road.

For now, Alabama fans will take the signature and the Saban hat.

Foster seemed less than certain with his decision Monday, running his hands over his head as he announced his pick live on FOX Sports South. But he stuck with Alabama in the end, choosing the Tide over Auburn.


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"It was down to Alabama and Auburn," he admitted before recalling his original pledge to the Crimson Tide. "I was young, I was a pup. I thought when I de-committed that I was too young when I (originally) committed, but I realized I wasn't. I grew up liking ‘Bama, I grew up being a ‘Bama fan.

"So why not go to ‘Bama? They're already winning national championships and getting the rings."

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