At times, quarterbacks can be a bit cliche’.
LSU quarterback commit Lowell Narcisse may fit that mold with his optimism, confidence and fearless attitude, but that has made for a happy ending — and more so, a positive next chapter — as he took the first step toward returning to the field.
Narcisse underwent surgery to repair his torn left ACL on Thursday, which he suffered on Aug. 25 in the St. James (La.) High School jamboree. It’s the second ACL tear the 4-star quarterback has suffered in a 15-month span. Narcisse tore his right ACL during his spring game in May 2015, then aggravated that same knee when he suffered a bone bruise in the fourth quarterback of the Class 3A state championship game in December.
Narcisse showed no fear, only confidence heading into the operation room. He came out equally as focused.
In about six months, Narcisse will return to football, this time as an early enrollee at LSU.
“He’s doing great,” Narcisse’s mother, Stacy Jasmin, told SEC Country immediately after the surgery. “We’re on the road to recovery.”
Jasmin asked the 6-foot-3, 230-pounder how he felt and Narcisse gave the reply most LSU fans and the entire St. James Parish community was hoping for.
“He gave me a thumbs up!”
Narcisse’s knee may be sore, but the quarterback’s mindset remained unchanged.
Narcisse underwent this same surgery on his other knee last June and, despite a minor setback in December in the Superdome, was playing at an all-time level as his senior season crept up.
Narcisse displayed that same mental toughness to battle back from an ACL tear 15 months ago. Maybe that’s why he was fearless as he pressed reset on the process earlier today.
“I know how to do this already,” Narcisse told the doctors when he first arrived at the hospital.
The surgery took place at the Surgical Speciality Center Bluebonnet in Baton Rouge, La. The LSU commit was surrounded by numerous members of his family and donned an LSU Tigers logo T-shirt into the procedure.
Narcisse’s surgery wrapped up just before 5 p.m. CT, where his family was anxiously waiting. According to his cousin, Jarred Favorite, who’s also a coach at St. James, 20 minutes after waking up was worried about one thing.
“He’s in a lot of pain right now, but he’s doing well,” Favorite said. “The surgery went well. (When he woke up, he said:) ‘When we go to state and we’re winning, on the last play, I wanna get in and take a knee.'”
That would be a fitting finish to Narcisse’s high school career, which was cut short two years due to multiple knee injuries in both legs. It would also represent one last step — rather, a kneel — before embarking on what should be a promising college career near his family and community that supported him in Baton Rouge.
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.