NEW ORLEANS — Lowell Narcisse suffered his second torn ACL in a 15-month span last month in the waning minutes of his jamboree.
The 4-star LSU quarterback commit underwent successful surgery last Thursday. His recovery process should put him back on the football field as early as March. At that time, he’ll already be enrolled at LSU.
Narcisse was surrounded by family and friends at the hospital, but one familiar name continued to keep tabs on him.
That is Myles Brennan, the other quarterback committed in LSU’s 2017 class. There is zero bad blood between Brennan and Narcisse, whose friendship has blossomed since the two future Tigers attended the Elite 11 Finals competition in Los Angeles in June.
Over the past 4 months, Brennan and Narcisse have become exceedingly close. Naturally, Brennan felt for his friend, Narcisse, when he suffered another ACL injury.
“I’ve talked to him and he’s doing well, doing well recovering from surgery,” Brennan told SEC Country. “It’s tough, especially for the quarterback position. I know that he’s suffered previous ACL injuries, so I wish him the best. I hope everything is going according to plan so we can go to LSU together, make each other better and be teammates every day and compete for a starting spot.”
Starting spot? That’s correct.
Both Brennan and Narcisse represent the future of LSU’s offense. Brennan, a 6-foot-3, 180-pounder, is rated as the No. 17 pro-style passer in the 2017 class. Narcisse, at 6-foot-3 and 230 pounds, is the No. 6 dual-threat quarterback.
While both are highly ranked and are carrying an exorbitant amount of metaphorical weight heading into their careers at LSU, they consider their friendship bond to be more significant.
“It’s been great,” Brennan said of his relationship with Narcisse. “I talk to him when I can and we go back and forth. For us to go out to Los Angeles and spend the time together that we did — that’s what the Elite 11 stresses the most. It’s a fraternity that lasts a lifetime. We’re going to see each other on Saturdays down the road. They promise we can call any of them and they’ll pick up and says, ‘What’s up?’
“I’m really happy to have Lowell on board at LSU. Everybody is going to make an impact, and I’m just excited about that.”
Jacob Phillips cancels official visit to LSU
Much of the final spots remaining in LSU’s 2017 recruiting class will be filled with defensive players. That includes the linebacking corps.
Four-star Tennessee linebacker Jacob Phillips was one of the 2 high-profile targets remaining on the big board, but the Tigers’ stock is seemingly plummeting by the minute.
Phillips canceled his official visit to LSU, which was originally scheduled for Oct. 1 for the home game against Missouri, he told SEC Country.
As he put it, other schools were making a stronger push.
“My interests have changed I guess,” Phillips said.
A 6-foot-4, 228-pound prospect from East Nashville Magnet School (Nashville, Tenn.), Phillips is rated as the No. 7 inside backer in the class. Phillips is coming off his first official visit — to Oklahoma — which has certainly altered the direction of his recruitment.
After taking in Norman, Okla., Phillips publicly displayed his affinity for the Sooners.
“There’s only one Oklahoma,” Phillips said after his visit this past weekend.
With LSU fading out of the picture, it appears Phillips is down to Oklahoma, Notre Dame, Oregon and Alabama.
As far as the Tigers go, there is only one other inside linebacker on their list wish: 4-star Alabama product Will Ignont. He’s expected to return to Baton Rouge in early November for the LSU-Alabama tilt. He named LSU to his final three along with Auburn and UCLA. Ignont was previously silently committed to Alabama and participated in LSU’s elite prospect camp in July.
LSU offers Florida State DT commit
LSU has been dishing out a bevy of offers during this month’s evaluation period. The latest to land an offer is 4-star defensive tackle Robert Cooper, a member of Florida State’s 2018 recruiting class.
Cooper, rated as the No. 8 defensive tackle among junior prospects, committed to the ‘Noles during the team’s June prospect camp. The No. 7 prospect from Georgia, Cooper holds 15 offers, including ones from Kentucky, Mississippi State, South Carolina, Missouri, Michigan and Notre Dame.
After the 2016 season, LSU will lose Christian LaCouture and likely Davon Godchaux to the NFL Draft. That leaves Travonte Valentine and Greg Gilmore as upperclassmen, as well as Rashard Lawrence and Edwin Alexander on the roster. LSU’s current class features a pair of defensive tackles in Neil Farrell and Tyler Shelvin, while the team remains in pursuit of 5-star Texan Marvin Wilson.
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— Robert Cooper (@trenchmonster_) September 12, 2016
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Sam Spiegelman covers LSU football recruiting for SECCountry.com. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on who’s on their way to play in Tiger Stadium.