Alabama football may be the sport’s top recruiting power, but Nick Saban and his staff aren’t welcome at Louisiana’s Parkway High School, says head coach David Feaster.
Earlier this month, a story emerged that New Orleans high school coaches were considering a “boycott” of LSU football. A few coaches followed up, saying it was overblown, but coaches railing against specific schools is certainly a thing that happens.
Feaster was on 104.5 ESPN on Wednesday, and said that while LSU was welcome on his campus, SEC powerhouse Alabama is not.
“LSU’s welcome in my school anytime,” Feaster said. “The only school that can’t come to Parkway is Alabama. And there’s a long story behind that, but it had to do with not being ethical in their recruiting.
“They can’t come. Everyone else is 100 percent welcome.”
The issue stems from the recruitment of former LSU quarterback Brandon Harris, who had to deal with the ever-pervasive “commitable offer” dance from Saban’s staff. AL.com transcribed Feaster’s retelling of the story.
“They love the guy,” he said. “(They say) ‘hey, coach, we want to offer Brandon.’ I said, ‘OK, good. How many quarterbacks have you offered so far?’ (They said) ‘about 6 or 7.’ So I said, ‘So you really haven’t offered anybody.’ (They said), ‘well, coach, an offer from us at quarterback is really an offer to come to camp.’ I said, ‘OK, I understand what you’re saying. You are offering these kids to meet Nick Saban. It’s a big deal and he might go. But what I am telling Brandon is you only have so much money and so much time to spend, go to the schools that have you atop the boards.”
Feaster compared the handling of Harris recruitment to other SEC programs that he believes are more forthright about things. While he says his players are free to commit to the Alabama football, or whichever program they choose, he isn’t going to help Saban’s squad during the process, and doesn’t want the program at his school.