Laviska Shenault couldn’t come up with the words when asked for his reaction when Alabama wide receivers coach Billy Napier pulled him aside on his visit Friday and offered him a scholarship.
“I really can’t explain it,” Shenault told SEC Country. “I was quiet for a little bit. I was just shocked that I got that offer.
“Coach Napier was talking about how good of a player I am and was telling me how I could be next. It was great to hear that.”
After he got the offer, Shenault, a four-star wide receiver from DeSoto (Texas) High School talked with his coach. They immediately started listing pros and cons for Alabama. Shenault couldn’t come up any cons.
“Some of the pros were that they have good receivers that leave that program (for the NFL), their coaches are great and my coach just really likes how the team is always working,” Shenault said. “We’re big on working. I really don’t remember the cons. I don’t think there were any.”
The 6-foot-1, 203-pounder rated the visit a “10.” Because of his experience in Tuscaloosa, he’ll be making a return trip.
“The way Coach Napier talked to me, he just told me that I’m a good receiver and I can get in and out of my routes,” Shenault said when asked why the visit was perfect. “He was telling me that some of the Alabama receivers can’t even do that as well as I can.
“The facilities, the film I watched, the surroundings of the campus — everything is close by. I loved all of it.”
After visiting Alabama, Shenault and his coach visited LSU. He got to campus late, so he didn’t have much time to interact with the coaches and take in as much as he would have liked. He did notice one difference between the two SEC West rivals.
“Alabama is more about business. LSU gets crunk with it,” Shenault laughed.
Shenault is rated as the nation’s No. 38 wide receiver and is the No. 39 prospect in the state of Texas.
All ratings and rankings are from the 247Sports composite unless otherwise noted
Chris Kirschner covers Alabama football recruiting for SECCountry.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on who’s on their way to play in Bryant-Denny.