Two of the nation’s top-eight dual-threat quarterbacks in the 2017 class are right in LSU’s backyard. Yet neither are staying home to play for the Bayou Bengals.
On Wednesday afternoon, Keytaon Thompson, from Landry-Walker (New Orleans) High School, pledged to Mississippi State over LSU, Florida, Tennessee and Miami. The New Orleans 4-star quarterback was seemingly a lock to commit to the Tigers given the apparent need at the position and the fact that 2017’s other big-name prospect in the state had committed elsewhere in the SEC five months earlier.
That other prospect is Lowell Narcisse, who committed to Auburn in July over LSU and Clemson.
Narcisse and Thompson are the Nos. 6 and 10 players, respectively, in Louisiana’s 2017 recruiting class and the Nos. 4 and 8 dual-threat quarterbacks in the nation.
LSU made a push for Narcisse as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Cam Cameron regularly visited the 6-foot-3, 200-pound player throughout the spring. Cameron was even on hand when Narcisse tore his ACL in St. James High School’s spring game in May, which cost Narcisse most of his junior season.
Thompson received an offer from LSU in June, just after he returned from a camp in Starkville, Miss. Despite the offer, the LSU coaching staff did not recruit Thompson as heavily as other programs across the country , most noticeably Mississippi State.
Both Auburn and Mississippi State seemingly have their quarterbacks of the future locked in — at least for now.
Narcisse idolizes former Auburn quarterback Cam Newton and considers himself a prime fit for Gus Malzahn’s spread offense. Thompson has already said he believes he can step in right away for Dak Prescott, who is just days aways from playing his final game in the maroon and white.
Meanwhile, as Auburn and Mississippi State addressed their quarterback situations, LSU failed to take care of their own. Adding insult to injury, the university missed out on some of the nation’s premier talents within an hour of the campus.
LSU already lost 4-star Feleipe Franks to Florida a few weeks back and does not have a single quarterback commit in the 2016 class. The same goes for 2017 as well.
The latter is especially painful considering the talent right in front of them. LSU’s emphasis must now be on trying to sway either Narcisse or Thompson to flip their commitments, a tall task but not an impossible one.
Should Narcisse and Thompson stay solid to their commitments, it represents a major loss for the program’s recruiting in terms of its in-state grasp and for a position of need.