ORLANDO, Fla. — Lowell Narcisse reopened then reclosed his recruitment down in a matter of seven days.
The difference: LSU’s hiring of Matt Canada as the offensive coordinator.
Ed Orgeron added Canada to the Tigers’ coaching staff 48 hours after Narcisse de-committed from LSU, which led to several phone conversations with the 4-star dual-threat quarterback.
The timing of it all shouldn’t come as a surprise.
Narcisse expressed concern over LSU’s lack of an offensive coordinator, and as a result, forced Orgeron’s hand in hiring the right man for the job.
“I always knew where my heart was,” Narcisse told SEC Country at the Under Armour All-America Game. “I de-committed and forced them to hire someone as the offensive coordinator. I think they did just that. It wasn’t my plan to do those things, but Coach Canada has a great resume and has had success everywhere he’s been. I trust he’ll help me develop and maximize my potential.”
The 6-foot-3, 225-pounder will enroll at LSU after the Under Armour Game and get a chance to meet Canada when the two both relocate to Baton Rouge.
Thus far, communication has been great and Narcisse has a deep appreciation for the message that his new quarterback coach is sending.
“The reason he has been so successful is because he plays to his quarterback’s strengths,” explained Narcisse. “Whatever the quarterback is good at, he’s going to find a lot of plays and run those types of things … Next week I’ll meet him in person and I’m excited about that.”
Narcisse, who will run and continue his rehab this week, will be on the sidelines working with the fellow quarterbacks, including fellow LSU commit Myles Brennan, during the All-America Game on Sunday.
His rehab is also part of the reason why he closed his recruitment so quickly.
A second torn ACL, finals and the stress of the recruiting process took a toll on Narcisse. That eventually led him to re-commit to LSU again.
“It was too much of a distraction,” Narcisse said. “I’m an early grad and I didn’t have room to fail in class … I got a chance to finish school strong, spend time with my family during break and it’s a blessing to know what school you’re committed to, so I sat back and enjoy the process now. Now I can focus on bigger things like finishing school and finishing rehab.”
Narcisse followed his heart back to LSU, a decision he always felt confident in.
The hiring of Canada ended any concerns he previously held in November and December, and the attempt by seven other schools to flip him was over nearly as quickly as it started.
“I always knew I was one of their main guys even when Coach Cam (Cameron) was there,” Narcisse said. “By me telling them I can’t stay committed without knowing who the offensive coordinator is, it sped up the process on them hiring somebody.
“A lot of schools were in contact and they wanted me to stay the whole year to officially visit those schools. That’s another reason I went on to finish up my commitment.”
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