SAINT JAMES, La. — It was more than just a forgone conclusion when Lowell Narcisse stood up to receive his Under Armour All-America Game jersey Monday morning.
After all, the 4-star dual-threat quarterback is coming off a second ACL tear within a 15-month span, this time to his left leg. That injury cost Narcisse his senior season at St. James (La.) High, the second year he was forced to watch his teammates from the sidelines.
When healthy, Narcisse participated in the Elite 50 quarterback camp and wowed in the process. Fully recovered from his first ACL tear and a minor hiccup seven months later, Louisiana’s top-rated quarterback proved he belonged in this All-Star event.
Narcisse won’t play in the game, but will be in Orlando, Fla., for the week, an experience he doesn’t need to suit up for to understand its significance.
“To be able not to play the last two years of high school and be presented with an Under Armour jersey is just a blessing,” Narcisse told SEC Country on Monday. “I think I did great my first two years and was nationally recognized. Then, I went down to the Elite 50 in Orlando and did a great job and got invited to the Under Armour Game. It’s a blessing that they know that these injuries won’t stop me. They’re just a minor setback for something major.”
It’s arguably more telling that Narcisse won’t just be watching from the sidelines in Orlando.
No, the LSU commit intends on passing and doing some jogging during the week of practice ahead of the Jan. 1, 2017, game.
That’s a product of Narcisse being ahead in his rehab. The 6-foot-3, 224-pounder was noticeably without his crutch after rocking it just two weeks ago. In fact, Narcisse is about to begin throwing again and putting some weight on his left knee — at a time where he’s supposed to just resume walking.
“I am (ahead) right now,” Narcisse smiled. “I just started to throw some, step into throws, so in December you might see me jogging a little during the Under Armour Game. Since my meniscus wasn’t torn that bad, I started pushing off with my leg and putting some weight on it.”
Like many Under Armour All-Americans, Narcisse is eager to be in Orlando around eight other LSU commits that earned the honor and even more of the team’s top targets.
The game represents another step forward for the nation’s No. 6 dual-threat quarterback, who will enroll at LSU a few short weeks after.
“I’ve been watching the Jabrill Peppers, the Kylar Murrays, the Leonard Fournettes in this game. I can’t wait to go out and — even though I won’t be playing — I’ll be there, so it’s the same experience,” Narcisse said. “I can’t wait to hang around these guys and see what it’s like around other big-time people and hold conversations with these guys”
“Being that I haven’t played these last two years, I’m definitely looking forward to it,” he added in reference to the timeline to LSU. “I’m going in with a different mindset. I’m going in hungry.”
Watch LSU QB commit Lowell Narcisse receive his Under Armour All-America Game jersey
Posted by LSU Insiders on Monday, October 17, 2016
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