Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Roll Tide-ings, a rundown of everything happening in Alabama Crimson Tide recruiting with Chris Kirschner. Today, we discuss the latest with Stanford quarterback commit Jack West and 5-star wide receiver Terrace Marshall.
Why Marshall is done with the Tide
I didn’t get a chance to see 5-star wide receiver Terrace Marshall Jr. in action all that much on Sunday while I was at the New Orleans Opening regional, but the consensus from those I spoke with at the event who did said Marshall was the best overall player in attendance.
He dominated opposing defensive backs, ran one of the fastest 40 times and took rep after rep, even though he didn’t have anything to prove because he’s already one of the top recruits in the country.
Marshall won’t be going to Alabama, though.
When SEC Country approached Marshall for an interview to talk about the Tide, he ended it immediately and said he was no longer considering the team.
Marshall attends Parkway High School in Bossier City, La. Significantly, Marshall’s former coach at Parkway is David Feaster, the man who publicly said Alabama was not allowed at the school because of how it recruited former LSU quarterback Brandon Harris. Feaster, who is an LSU fan, felt like Alabama wasn’t truthful with its offer to Harris, so he banned the team from recruiting his players on campus. He was fired last month.
The nation’s No. 3 wide receiver told SEC Country that Feaster’s dismissal had nothing to do with him not considering Alabama anymore. It stems from former wide receivers coach Billy Napier leaving for Arizona State. Marshall claims that since Napier left Alabama, he hasn’t heard from the staff much.
It should be noted that even though Marshall says Feaster’s firing has nothing to do with his lack of interest in Alabama now, Marshall was one of the outspoken members of Parkway’s football team when he heard the news of Feaster’s dismissal.
The state of Louisiana’s No. 1 prospect has visited Tuscaloosa multiple times in the past; but moving forward, Alabama is scratched off his list.
LSU is the clear favorite to land his commitment whenever he does make his commitment.
West still is a huge Alabama fan
NEW ORLEANS — Jack West committed to Stanford over Alabama last July despite growing up dreaming about playing for the Crimson Tide. Even though he chose a different red-colored jersey to wear for his college days, West remains a giant Alabama fan.
“They are pretty close to the same red color,” West said with a laugh. “Red is a great color and I’ll always wear it.”
West, the nation’s No. 6 pro-style quarterback from Saraland (Ala.) High School, chose Stanford over Alabama mainly for life-after-football reasons. West is interested in politics and has thought of being a senator or even president one day. Stanford is one of the best universities in the world and he thought it was a better academic fit for him.
“I’m definitely not going to be the smartest guy in the room,” sais West, who has a 4.5 GPA. “I’m going there to study and be a football player, but there’s going to be neurosurgeons, future politicians and people who may cure cancer. I’m just a ballplayer from Alabama.”
The 6-foot-3, 200-pound prospect, who was invited to the prestigious Elite 11 QB camp in June, still hears from Alabama on occasion, but West has made it clear to the Tide staff that he’s 100 percent locked in with the Cardinal. Nothing is going to change his mind — not even the team he grew up wanting to play for.
“One of the greatest things is that they understand that I am committed to Stanford,” West said. “That’s where I’m going to go to school. There hasn’t been too much communication with (Alabama). It’s just been us catching up. That’s why I respect Alabama so much. They care about the players and the kids.”
Now, instead of playing for Alabama, he’s thought of what it would be like to one day play against the Tide in a game. He’s still going to root for the Crimson Tide even when he attends Stanford next season.
“Of course I am an Alabama fan. I won’t shy away from that,” West said. “It broke my heart to see them lose to Clemson. Hey, they had a great year and I expect them to make another run for the championship this season.”
With Alabama looking to get at least one quarterback in the Class of 2018, it’s clear West won’t be the answer.