DESTREHAN, La. — At this time a year ago, Lowell Narcisse was coping with the fact that he would miss his junior season.
The 6-foot-3, 224-pounder out of St. James (La.) High School had just torn his ACL during his spring game and was set to spend the season on the sidelines instead of leading his team.
Fast forward to this weekend, and Narcisse will have an opportunity to compete with 23 other quarterbacks in the Elite II finals from June 3-5 at Redondo Union High School in California.
After a weekend of being drastically tested, the LSU commit is just hoping to return to Louisiana a better passer.
“I just want to go and be aggressive and compete,” the nation’s No. 5 dual-threat quarterback told SEC Country. “I think that I have a strong arm. I just want to go out and learn the fundamentals and do all of the big things, and work on the little things to finish up.”
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Narcisse’s trip to the Elite 11 finals comes about two months removed from failing to earn an invitation to Nike’s “The Opening” Finals in Oregon.
The four-star prospect felt disrespected by that turn of events, but has since recouped and reshaped his stance. Now he’s anxious to prove himself on the grand stage on the West Coast.
“Everything happens for a reason, and what I realized is that delayed doesn’t mean denied,” Narcisse said. “I just want to go out and get another opportunity to show that I can be an elite quarterback.”
Narcisse will be joined by a collection of some of the nation’s top quarterbacks, including fellow LSU commit Myles Brennan.
The three-star pro-style passer out of Mississippi will be competing alongside Narcisse and against him, but the two prospects’ presence at the Elite 11 finals show well for the purple and gold.
“It’s a great thing, and it shows that they’re (LSU) recruiting some great guys,” Narcisse said. “I’m looking forward to going out and competing and having a good time with those guys.”
Sam Spiegelman covers LSU football recruiting for SECCountry.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on who’s on their way to play in Tigers Stadium.