Anytime a major recruit changes his commitment, it's noteworthy, but in Reuben Foster's, the switch will shake the state of Alabama.

Foster, a linebacker and the nation's No. 2-rated recruit in the class of 2013, according to Scout.com and several other recruiting services, switched his verbal commitment from Alabama to rival Auburn.

Foster announced his decision on Thursday at his high school in LaGrange, Ga.

Foster committed to the Crimson Tide last July and had steadfastly remained committed to Alabama until recently.

"Over the last few weeks, I've really put a lot of thought and time into where I want to continue my football career," Foster said in a statement Thursday. "I want to make an announcement so I can get this behind me and get on with the work that I need to do for high school and getting prepared for college both academically and athletically. I am going to roll to Auburn University.

"I have a lot of respect for the Alabama people -- the coaches and all of the other people and the fans, but at the end of the day, I feel like Auburn University is the place for me and my family. It has the best situation for me and my family.

"I am 100 percent confident with my final decision."

Nothing is official until a letter of intent is signed in February.