“I met coach Frank for the first time last spring when he came by the school,” said Feist. “He was wearing his purple and gold and introduced himself, but that was it. We didn’t really get into anything beyond a hello.”
But Wilson kept his eye on Feist, who went on to earn District 8-1A Defensive MVP and LSWA Class 1A First-Team All-State honors as a junior.
After his season ended, Feist got another visit.
“Coach Frank and I started building a relationship, then one day he came down to the school and sat down with the coaches for a talk,” said Feist. “He said I was invited to the Boys from the Boot Junior Day and that I was someone they really wanted. I called him again (Thursday) and he said I had to come up for the weekend because he had some things to go over with me.
“At that point I expected that the offer could come in the spring, because he said that’s when they do evaluations. But then he changed his tone and said that they had decided to move on offering me now.”
Feist, who made the drive with his mother, father, uncle and cousins, said his family had a sit down just before departing for Baton Rouge.
“My parents told me that if something happened then they wanted to be sure it was a decision I was comfortable with,” he said. “They just want the best for me. I told them I had a good feeling, and we just took it from there.”
The Feist family toured the campus and facilities, eventually ending up in the office of head coach Les Miles. By the time they walked out, their son was a Tiger.
“Coach Miles sat my parents and I down and made the offer, and he told us all the reasons he thought LSU was the right spot,” he said. “I didn’t commit right away, but I definitely committed by the end of our conversation. He said all the things I wanted to hear, and I couldn’t be more excited.
“It was a nice accomplishment for me to end up a Tiger. I also have a Texas A&M offer and other schools have sent lots of stuff, but I wanted to be at LSU.”
“They like me at outside linebacker,” he said. “I am 6-foot-1 and in the 220-230 pound range right now. I played defensive end most of the time last year, but I would come up as a rush linebacker.”
Feist was the second commitment on the day. Fellow Edgard, La. native Dillon Gordon also pledged to the Tigers.
“It’s funny that two Edgard guys committed in the same day,” he laughed. “We know each other already, even though Dillon goes to Curtis and I go to West St. John, so that was kind of cool. The coaches all said they are building another strong class, and I’m happy to be part of it.”