LSU landed one its prized offensive targets Monday with an unexpected commitment from four-star quarterback Lowell Narcisse.
The nation’s No. 5 dual-threat quarterback prospect had re-opened his recruitment five months earlier after decommitting from Auburn, a decision he felt was made prematurely.
The 6-foot-3, 224-pounder from St. James (La.) High School has a longstanding relationship with LSU offensive coordinator Cam Cameron, who will now have the opportunity to plug the versatile weapon behind center and eventually anchor the Tigers’ new-look offense.
But aside from Narcisse’s physical gifts, there’s a lot to know about LSU’s newest quarterback commit.
- Narcisse tore his ACL a year ago in May 2015 during the St. James spring game. Cameron and former LSU running backs coach Frank Wilson were on the sidelines when the injury occurred. After being helped off the field, Narcisse was forced to watch his team from the sideline on Friday nights, but eventually found his way back into the lineup. Narcisse returned under center for the first week of the Louisiana Class 3A state playoffs, and the rest — as they say — is history. Narcisse led St. James to three consecutive victories, scoring 11 touchdowns and amassing about 800 total yards (444 passing, 367 rushing) in that span. Eventually, Narcisse led his team to the Superdome for the state championship game.
- Narcisse’s idol is Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, who not so long ago led Auburn to a national championship. When the St. James, La., native committed to Auburn on his 17th birthday last July, it was not because Newton attended the school, but rather the system that coach Gus Malzahn had installed that allowed Newton to have such success. Malzahn is a lifelong friend of Narcisse’s former coach, Dwain Jenkins, and the coach implemented a similar offensive system at St. James that allowed Narcisse to be an impact player ever since he took over the offense. Need proof? In his first two years as the starting signal caller, Narcisse accounted for more than 4,500 yards passing and another 1,600 on the ground. He was named the district MVP and an honorable All-State mention in the process.
- Even though Narcisse committed to Auburn last summer, LSU was never far off. After pledging, the four-star prospect said it was a 51-49 decision in favor of Auburn over the in-state Tigers. Largely, LSU has remained in the thick of things with Narcisse because of Cameron. LSU’s offensive coordinator was there when Narcisse first tore his ACL last spring and remained in constant communication with the quarterback even after he pledged to the SEC West rival. Cameron got Narcisse onto campus a handful of times early on this spring, making enough progress then to lead the quarterback to commit — surprisingly — earlier this week. Narcisse felt enough confidence in his relationship with Cameron to commit just two months removed from losing his father, which sadly halted his recruitment.