First off, my condolences for having to live in east texas.
I don't think this is Tuberville's MO... it certainly wasn't at Auburn. He had pretty good relationships with the HS coaches in the state... not sure about TTU, but I'd imagine it was similar. This appears to be more about the HS coach than Tuberville, IMO.
it happened to A&M with Fran and many Texas high school coaches. While he was HC I was working at an East Texas news station. I had at least 4 coaches from 4A and 5A schools tell me they would try to steer athletes from coming to Aggieland so long as Fran was coach. They flat hated the man and thought he was a full of himself, pompous, a-hole. I was shocked that coaches would willingly offer up info such as that to a news person upon finding out I was an Aggie but they didn't care b/c the damage had already been done.