Lowell Narcisse will announce his commitment at approximately 6 p.m. Monday during a ceremony in St. James, La. Though he also included Alabama and Clemson among his finalists, it’ll be either LSU or Auburn that lands Narcisse on Monday.
Narcisse is among the top quarterback prospects to come out of Louisiana in recent years. He’s a four-star recruit ranked No. 11 nationally at his position and is No. 122 overall.
Narcisse’s recruitment picked up in the fall when LSU became the second school to offer him, the third in-state offer they extended in the 2017 class. Auburn came through with one about a month later, and both schools quickly jumped to the top of his list.
Narcisse tore his ACL during his team’s spring game and will likely miss all of his junior season. That didn’t deter any schools from recruiting him though, and both Auburn and LSU reaffirmed their scholarship offers to him after the injury.
Narcisse has made several visits to each school since the spring. He gave both one last look this past week. Narcisse was on LSU’s campus Thursday before he left for Auburn, where he spent about 12 hours before returning home. That sets the stage for Monday’s big announcement.
WHAT HE SAID
“I felt that since I wasn’t playing football this year I should go ahead and secure my spot where I wanted to play.”
“[LSU is basically] the home team. They make you feel at home when you’re there. It’s something that makes you want to stay at home.”
“[Auburn has] one of the offenses that I could fit in and be a success in. That’s the reason I would go there and play for Auburn.”
WHY HE’D PICK LSU
LSU has really pushed the appeal of playing at home. Cam Cameron has taken him under his wing and those two have a great relationship. LSU also hired Narcisse’s high school quarterback coach to be an assistant under Cameron. All those connections make LSU feel like family for Narcisse. ---Hunter Paniagua (Tiger Sports Digest)
WHY HE’D PICK AUBURN
Auburn is the offense that fits him best because of his ability to make plays both with his arm and his feet. He's the type of player that could pick up where guys like Cam Newton and Nick Marshall have left off in the last few years under Gus Malzahn. ---Jason Caldwell (Inside The Auburn Tigers)
Jason Caldwell: Auburn - While LSU is the home school I think Narcisse picks Auburn because of his fit in the offense and the way Gus Malzahn and Rhett Lashlee have used dual-threat quarterbacks in the past.
Hunter Paniagua: Auburn - I wrestled with this prediction, even going with LSU entering Sunday night. But the buzz Monday morning leads me to expect Narcisse will pick Auburn tonight. In a battle of schematic fit versus family feel, it appears the Auburn offense has won. If that's the case, I still expect LSU to continue fighting for this in-state four-star.
Chad Simmons (Scout national recruiting analyst): LSU – It’s hard to ever go against LSU for an in-state target Les Miles wants. That’s why I’m going with LSU. He has developed a good relationship with Cam Cameron, he is very comfortable in Baton Rouge, and many close to him like the idea of him playing for the in-state Tigers.