Bossier City (La.) Parkway coach David Feaster says he has banned Alabama coaches from his campus. Feaster was Brandon Harris’ high school coach and he says Alabama’s recruitment of Harris is the reason for the ban.
Harris signed with LSU in February 2014. He announced Monday that he is transferring.
Feaster told “Off The Bench with Culotta and T-Bob” on ESPN Radio Baton Rouge that he’s not a fan of how Nick Saban’s coaching staff recruits.
“LSU’s welcome in my school anytime,” Feaster said, as per AL.com. “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.”
Feaster said the situation stems from when then-Alabama offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier and then-wide receivers coach Billy Napier extended an offer to Harris. Nussmeier now is the offensive coordinator at Florida and Napier the offensive coordinator at Arizona State.
“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 six or seven.’ 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 said schools such as Auburn, Ole Miss, Texas A&M, Baylor and Ohio State extended immediate offers to Harris. He says that later in the process, Saban called to offer Harris a scholarship without any strings attached. That offer become invalid after four-star David Cornwell accepted a scholarship. Feaster says Alabama never really was an option for Harris.
While he does not want the Crimson Tide coaches on campus, Feaster won’t stop his players from going there. Five-star wide receiver Terrace Marshall will be a senior this fall and Alabama has offered him a scholarship.
New Orleans prep coaches recently threatened to boycott LSU, though the issue has since been resolved.
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