In preseason camp, the star of West St. John’s team went down with an injury that sent him on a string of visits to the doctor’s office.
“I had some pain in my back and the doctors saw that I had a small fracture,” Feist said. “They wanted to keep me out so that it didn’t crack. I came back at the end of September, but we had already lost a game to Bonnabel. I just tried to help get us back on track.”
West St. John’s only other loss came against O.P. Walker on Sep. 30 – a 44-6 rout that could have derailed the Rams’ season.
Instead, the team rolled off five straight district wins, earning a No. 6 seed in the Class 1A state playoffs before shutting out Sacred Heart 59-0 in the opening round.
“It was a great win for us,” Feist said. “We went out and sent a message. I believe it was my best game this season. I played at a high level the entire game. I had 12 tackles, a sack and three quarterback hurries.”
On Friday West St. John welcomes rival St. John – a team the Rams beat 36-20 on Oct. 27.
“I believe this will be another statement game – but coming from the defensive side of the ball, showing that we are a much better defense than we showed on TV,” Feist said.
“Individually, I will have to play much better being that my previous game (against St. John) was one of the worst of my career.”
Feist, a four-star prospect and next West St. John product to choose LSU in a line that includes Tyson Jackson and Quinn Johnson, is ranked as the No. 26 outside linebacker in the country.
With only four-star prospect Torshiro Davis ranked higher in an LSU signing class that could include as many as six linebackers, Feist said the Tigers are excited about the skill set he will add to the team next season.
“I believe I bring to the field a real relentlessness,” Feist said. “That characteristic alone will help me achieve every goal I set because I believe there is no challenge I can’t take on through hard work and faith in God.”
For a small-town kid like Feist, being committed to the nation’s No. 1 team comes around once in a lifetime, and he has soaked up every moment of it.
“It’s been great,” Feist said. “I have made new friends with the other commits and I have gone to Division I football games for the first time.
“But the thing I like the most is just being a part of another great team and envisioning myself on that defense, which plays with the same swagger that I have.”
Feist plans to graduate high school early and enroll in LSU next semester.