Take one of LSU’s quarterbacks off the board.
Dual-threat quarterback Lowell Narcisse de-committed from the Tigers after wrapping up his official visit to Baton Rouge.
Narcisse, a 4-star prospect from St. James (La.) High, had previously taken officials to both Memphis and Auburn, the latter rattling his pledge to LSU. The 6-foot-3, 225-pounder was once committed to Auburn before eventually reopening his recruitment and landing with LSU.
Narcisse began to waver on his commitment to LSU earlier this fall. The standout quarterback, who is recovering from a second torn ACL, felt he was not being prioritized by the coaching staff. At the same time, he realized Ed Orgeron made a visit to Brennan during LSU’s off-week when the Florida game was postponed.
Orgeron attempted to repair his relationship with Lowell, making an in-home visit along with running backs coach Jabbar Juluke and wide receivers coach Dameyune Craig at the start of the month. The visit went well, according to a source, but did not fully sell Narcisse on LSU. That theme continued with an official visit this weekend.
A source told SEC Country that Narcisse had trouble trusting the messages that LSU’s coaches were sending his way. Nonetheless, Narcisse told SEC Country that the LSU staff was in daily communication with him since Orgeron took over as the full-time coach.
On Monday, Narcisse joined ESPN Radio 104.5 in Baton Rouge and said LSU’s uncertainty at the offensive coordinator position was a primary factor in his de-commitment. Narcisse added that he will announce his college decision at the Under Armour All-America Game on Jan. 1, 2017 in Orlando, Fla.
“There is a lot of uncertainty right now. I don’t know who the offensive coordinator is going to be, who the coach is going to be,” Narcisse said. “It’s hard to say I can go there and let someone coach me if you don’t know who that person is.”
Juluke and Craig have handled Narcisse’s recruitment since the firing of Cam Cameron.
Narcisse is 100-percent committed to enrolling at college next month and has named LSU, Auburn and Memphis as his finalists. LSU remains in the mix, but would need to make an offensive coordinator hire first.
“They definitely are,” Narcisse said when asked if LSU was still in contention. “I’m still considering LSU, Auburn and Memphis. I’m going to commit to at the Under Armour. I’m still going to give everyone a fair shot and see what they have to offer.”
After the loss of Narcisse, the LSU recruiting class — ranked fifth in the nation — is down to 17 commits, including 4-star pro-style passer Myles Brennan. The Tigers aimed to reel in two quarterbacks in 2017, with Narcisse as an early enrollee that could compete for playing time as early as this spring.
LSU is short on too many other options at this stage in the recruiting style. Louisiana’s other top dual-threat quarterback, Keytaon Thompson, is firmly committed to Mississippi State and will enroll in Starkville, Miss., later this month.
LSU’s best bet is to hold onto Brennan, who won’t make any further decisions or visits until an offensive coordinator is hired.
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