ST. JAMES, La. — It’s hard for Lowell Narcisse to put the last seven days in proper perspective.
After all, a week ago on Monday, the 4-star dual-threat quarterback de-committed from LSU. Then this morning, he again pledged to the Tigers, ending a short but rigorous couple of days in which his mind was basically in a tailspin.
Coaches, coordinators and offenses aside, Narcisse solved this puzzle in the simplest way possible: following his heart.
“I just trusted those guys at LSU,” Narcisse told SEC Country on Monday. “They really just had my best interest at heart. They just wanted to see me be successful.”
If and when Narcisse reaches that point, it will be in a purple and gold uniform.
The 6-foot-3, 225-pound quarterback was not as clear about his future a week ago, but it turns out, reopening his recruitment did not provide immediate clarity.
As Narcisse took his final exams and put the finishing touches on his storied high school career at St. James (La.), a cloud of uncertainty hovered above him.
“It was hard to focus. It was hard to work on finishing school and my recruitment at the same time,” said Narcisse, who last week announced he would choose from LSU, Auburn or Memphis at the Under Armour All-America Game in Orlando, Fla., on Jan. 1.
“It was time to shut it down so I could finish school this week. I trusted my heart and went wherever I felt comfortable. They (LSU) wasn’t pushing me, they just wanted me to follow my heart and no matter what, they were going to be in my life. I credit those guys. They supported me and that’s why it was the best school for me.”
Narcisse made official visits to Memphis, Auburn and LSU — in that order — since November. At each stop along the way, he admitted that he could see himself suiting up for each team.
Narcisse naturally looked no further than his family for advice. They urged him to be confident in his decision.
That confidence lied solely with LSU.
“I thought about different things with different schools, but I had to tune things out and focus with my family to see what they thought, and we felt that LSU was the best place,” Narcisse explained. “They felt confident and they supported me, and they said once I made a decision, make sure the decision was for me and to never look back again.”
Narcisse won’t look back, only forward. Part of his future involves new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Matt Canada.
Canada spoke with Narcisse last Wednesday upon getting the job and twice over the weekend. The new offense and new coach weren’t the only reasons Narcisse opted to re-commit to LSU, but certainly his body of work made for a much easier decision.
“I got the feel of him to see how I’d fit in his offense and it was a good deal,” he said. “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 (Jacoby Brissett) and at Pitt this last year, and he knows what he’s doing and is going to help me develop.”
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