Elite running back has Irish on the radar

Junior running back Tavien Feaster of Spartanburg (S.C.) High has started to build a good relationship with Notre Dame running backs coach Tony Alford. Blessed with top end speed, South Carolina’s defending state champion in the 100 and 200 meters talks about his interest in Notre Dame and more.

Notre Dame’s running backs coach figures to visit one of the nation’s best at that position soon.

That’s the perspective of junior running back Tavien Feaster, who believes Tony Alford will be headed to Spartanburg, S.C., in short order after an offer came from Notre Dame in November. Feaster said he’s maintained daily contact with Alford since.

“He direct messages me on Twitter every day,” Feaster said. “He gives me really motivational advice. He’s a straightforward man who pushes his players, and he’s a positive dude. He’s coming to visit me soon, but I don’t know the date.”

Feaster says he kept up with Notre Dame’s season in the fall.   

“They started off really well, and then they hit a couple downfalls,” Feaster said. “I know what good tradition they have and how their coaches put their players in a good position for the future.”

Feaster’s offer list stretches throughout the SEC, ACC and Big 10 regions. It includes Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Georgia, Florida, Florida State, LSU, Nebraska, North Carolina, Penn State, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.

The 6-foot, 193-pound running back has taken visits to Auburn, Clemson, Georgia, North Carolina, Florida State and Tennessee. Feaster has yet to name any favorites, but there are certain schools recruiting him harder than others.

“Clemson, Auburn, Tennessee, Notre Dame and UNC,” Feaster said.

For Feaster, education and early playing time will be top priorities as he sifts through the schools on his offer list. 

“First, education is important,” he said. “Playing time will be important. I don’t want to sit on the bench for two years and then split reps with a bunch of other guys. I want to be treated as a player and not just another number.”

Feaster traveled to the Midwest last weekend to participate in the Core 6 Athletes Winter Showcase in Westmont, Illinois.

“I had to sit out for most of it because my shoulder was bothering me,” Feaster said. “I dislocated it during the season and still haven’t had surgery yet. In a blocking drill up there, I think I reinjured it.”

However, before his shoulder took a hit, it was no surprise Feaster was crowned the winner of the fastest man competition.

“It was about 50 yards, and I won the race,” Feaster said. “That’s part of my game. I can bounce outside, but I also can hit the hole and run in between the tackles. I have good vision, and I can catch the ball.”

On the track, Feaster is South Carolina’s defending state champion in the 100- and 200-meter races. He also helped lead Spartanburg to a 4A Division II South Carolina state championship win in football last season.

“My goals for this year are to run the 100 in 10.3 seconds and the 200 in 20.6 seconds,” Feaster said.

Feaster is a four-star prospect and ranked as the No. 2 running back in the class of 2016.

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