Coach of Louisiana's No. 1 overall prospect and No. 1 QB says Alabama not welcome at his school
If Alabama is going to once again lure away some of the top prospects from the state of Louisiana, the high school coach at Parkway isn’t going to make it easy for them. According to David Feaster, the head coach of Parkway five-star receiver Terrace Marshall, the state’s top prospect, and four-star quarterback Justin Rogers, the Alabama coaching staff is not welcome on his campus.
Why is Feaster taking this stance? It all stems from the recruitment of one of his former players, former LSU quarterback Brandon Harris. Feaster broke down his issues with Alabama on 104.5 ESPN Baton Rouge show Off The Bench.
Back in 2013 when Harris was coming up in the recruiting ranks, he was a four-star recruit with an extensive offer sheet. The teams recruiting him as their No. 1 choice included Ohio State, Texas A&M, Baylor, and Auburn – this was before LSU began to recruit Harris. According to Feaster, Alabama also “offered” Harris but never really committed to offering him a scholarship.
Alabama offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier (now Florida’s offensive coordinator) and receivers coach Billy Napier (now Arizona State’s offensive coordinator) “offered” Harris a scholarship. When Feaster asked if this was a scholarship offer, the Alabama coaches replied, “an offer from us is an offer to come to camp.”
After head coach Nick Saban reviewed the quarterback’s film, the coach called Harris to offer him a scholarship.
“Brandon, you have a scholarship at the University of Alabama,” this according to Feaster.
Harris soon went camping at Alabama but the coaching staff didn’t warm to him during his Tuscaloosa visit. When Harris returned home, he found out via the Internet that Alabama had accepted a commitment from quarterback prospect David Cornwell. Harris’ Alabama offer was no longer valid.
Feaster is now concerned a similar thing could happen to his 2018 prospects Marshall or Rogers.
“All I’m saying is this, if you offer Justin Rogers today and he doesn’t commit, I understand that offer may not be good a year from now, but if you offer him, you’re making a committable offer,” Feaster said on the air. “If you make a committable offer, at some point, that offer… there needs to be a window where my guys can say I’ll take that offer and we’ll be done.”
While Feaster says he won’t block his players from going to Alabama, he admits he won’t help the Tide recruit any of his players in the future.
“My guys know they can go to Alabama… and I will pull for them, I just won’t help Alabama recruit my guys,” Feaster said.
Feaster went on to talk about Arkansas accepting commitments from two of his players in the past but dropping them before National Signing Day. While Feaster was understandably upset, when Razorback head coach Bret Bielema and an assistant personally apologized to Feaster, he forgave them and re-opened his school’s doors to the Arkansas program.
We may soon find out how bad Alabama wants either Marshall or Rogers (Marshall is the only one with an Alabama offer at this time), as it will likely take some apologizing from Saban to make it happen.