The question of loyalty and state pride has come up a lot since C. Robinson has verbally committed to Alabama. What about the coaching staff’s lack of loyalty to in state prospects that are die hard LSU fans and have enough talent to play SEC football but do not get an offer from LSU because the staff has an out of state guy that they like more. Last year, LSU passed up on Noel Ellis from Karr who was an All- American and this year on Sims. Also, what is wrong with getting a quality recruit in the program to help you ensure the future commitments from more highly prized recruits? If offering a scholarship to a very talented DB in Ellis would help with Speedy and Willis, why not offer? If offering a scholarship to a very talented WR in Sims would help with C. Robinson, why not offer?
1) LSU supports and has relationships with Louisiana high schools so it is not a one way relationship. LSU's athletic programs are generally speaking the best & most outstanding representations of Louisiana pride the nation can see. If you are proud of being a Louisiana kid and want to take part in that excellence you will be not only appreciated but loved and adored.
If you want to go to a different part of the country where you will not compete directly with LSU (like Notre Dame or Stanford) most will be sad to lose you but accept your decision. If you choose to go to Alabama when LSU desperately wanted you then you will be viewed as spitting in the face of state pride by many.
2) I understand the feelings of some guys who want to play for LSU but were not offered but if you weren't good enough to get an offer that an out of state kid got then they did you a favor - because that means you weren't going to get on the field.
You were not only not as good as the out of state kids you weren't good enough to beat out the in state talent this year either. That's exactly what happened to Sims. I suspect Sims gets processed at Bama but good luck to him because this year the talent in LA at WR was just too ridiculous to offer a guy who showed poorly at his prior camp and refused to camp again for the LSU coaches