ST. JAMES, La. — Lowell Narcisse’s recruitment came to an end on Monday morning after he re-committed to LSU just one week after opening it back up.
From the outside looking in, that may appear confusing.
In talking to the renewed LSU quarterback commit, who is days away from putting the finishing touches on his high school career, committing sooner rather than waiting until the Under Armour All-America Game on Jan. 1 was the right move.
The 4-star dual-threat quarterback opened his recruitment up on Dec. 12 amid uncertainty surrounding the Tigers’ offense and who would be calling plays. Hours later, Ed Orgeron’s top candidate, Lane Kiffin, accepted the head coaching gig at Florida Atlantic. With Narcisse and Myles Brennan both waiting, anxiously, Orgeron tabbed Matt Canada to be the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, giving the Tigers a proven commodity.
Narcisse has spoken with Canada three or four times since getting the job, including last Wednesday within hours of his introductory press conference in Baton Rouge and again on Sunday, when he decided to re-commit.
Among the topics discussed was Canada’s resume, which includes molding eventual third-round draft pick Jacoby Brissett at N.C. State and a record-setting offense this past season at Pitt.
“I got the feel of him to see how I’d fit in his offense and it was a good deal,” Narcisse told SEC Country.
“We were able to get some good conversations in. He just told me about LSU and when I was ready to be a Tiger, let him know. I just feel like that he can help me to maximize my abilities and my development as a quarterback. He did a great job at N.C. State with his quarterback and at Pitt this last year, and he knows what he’s doing and is going to help me develop.”
If you were a quarterback or offensive recruit committed or considering LSU, wouldn’t some assurance on a scheme be of use?
After all, Narcisse has operated several offenses at St. James (La.) High, mainly spread systems, but because of injuries and through his development, he has learned to throw from the pocket, too.
Originally, he committed to Auburn in July 2015 because of Gus Malzahn’s offense and his former head coach’s relationship with offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee.
Both Auburn and Memphis got an official visit from Narcisse and his family and were finalists for the quarterback. But neither staff sold Narcisse better than LSU’s Jabbar Juluke, Dameyune Craig and Orgeron.
“I trusted my heart to go wherever I felt comfortable,” Narcisse said. “The others were pushing me, but I had to follow my heart with a decision that’s still going to be in my life. Credit to those guys (Juluke, Craig, Orgeron). They supported me and that’s why LSU was best for me. They just really had my best interest at heart … to see me successful.”
Perhaps the most glaring overlying factor is that Narcisse had to make a decision — and do so quickly.
The 6-foot-3, 225-pounder is an early enrollee and about to graduate high school. After Christmas, he’ll head to Orlando, Fla., for the Under Armour All-America Game festivities, then enroll at LSU on Jan. 9.
That left only days for him to make the biggest decision of his life.
Between final exams, personal obligations and a major recruiting decision, the stress was taking a toll on Narcisse. That forced the 4-star quarterback to go with his gut and commit to the school he’s hoped to play for all along.
“It was just hard to focus on finishing school,” Narcisse admitted. “With the recruitment going on at the same time, it was time to shut it down and finish school out this week.”
LSU commits react to Narcisse’s return
SEC Country reached out to some of Narcisse’s future teammates to gauge their thoughts on the Tigers landing their second quarterback in as many weeks.
Not surprisingly, it was unanimous that all of the recruits were pleasantly surprised.
Patrick Queen, 4-star LB: “I’m happy. He’s a key piece that we really need. I can’t wait to see him ball.”
Clyde Edwards-Helaire, 3-star RB: “It’s exciting. He knew where he was wanted and where his heart was.”
Kary Vincent Jr., 4-star CB: “It’s great. I’m happy to have him back on board.”
Austin Deculus, 4-star OT: “It’s great. I’m excited to have two great quarterbacks to protect.”
JaCoby Stevens, 5-star S: “I think it’s a good deal. He’s a good player.”
Stephen Guidry, 4-star WR: “I’m happy he came back. I’m ready to get to LSU. This is going to be one crazy year for the team.”
Saahdiq Charles, 4-star OL: “I’m glad he’s back. He’s a great quarterback.”
Grant Delpit, 4-star S: “I’m excited that he made the right choice for sure. All I know is that in practice, Lowell is going to have nightmares because of our secondary, though.”
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