safetyman, I understand your position. but, consider that LSU is being more open and honest with kid by telling him he has to compete at camp. SOME other schools are giving out phantom offers and being disingenuous. it appears that you prefer the latter approach.
This. I dont understand why some people dont realize LSU cant be this way with in-state prospects. These are places we recruit every year. We cant have a stain on our record that we offered a kid and it wasn't real because "we wanted to see more first"...because it would be brought up every time we tried to re-recruit that area. Florida, Alabama, Texas, Texas A&M, etc...doesn't matter for them what they do here in LA. The yare just trying to get their foot in the door and if they screw over a kid, so what? It's far from home and their main recruiting areas are unaffected.
Harris could try and commit to Bama today to find out it's not a committable offer, talk bad about them, but Bama could care less, because in the long run it doesnt affect them really at all. As much as they do recruit LA because of Saban, it doesn't affect their bread and butter zones of AL, FL and GA.