Louisiana High School Football Coach Bans Alabama From Its Campus Due to Unethical Recruiting Practices
Every top football player in the country wants to play for a top college football program and the Alabama Crimson Tide are usually high on that list.
For one high school in Louisiana, many players may not realize that dream as the football coach has banned Alabama from its campus because he doesn’t like the way they recruit.
Bleacher Report has the details:
“David Feaster, head coach at Parkway High School, explained his reasoning during an interview with 104.5 ESPN Radio in Baton Rouge.
“LSU’s welcome in my school anytime,” Feaster said (h/t Mark Heim of 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.”
Feaster cited a recruiting situation with Parkway graduate and former LSU quarterback Brandon Harris as a reason for disliking the way Alabama handles recruiting.
In the story as Feaster recounted, then-Alabama offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier and then-wide receivers coach Billy Napier came to him saying they wanted to make Harris a scholarship offer:
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.”
“By the time he gets to campus in June—and I’m not saying Brandon was going to commit to Alabama—it wasn’t an option,” Feaster said. “Basically what they told him is that we got other guys that are going to come through here, and I promised them a shot. So we have to wait and see then.”
Feaster did emphasize he isn’t discouraging his players from going to Alabama, but he’s “just not going to help Alabama recruit [his] guys.”