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Narcisse’s former coaches voice support of transfer decision

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  • George Becnel
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  • August 15, 2018 - 9:22am

File photosLowell Narcisse returned from a serious knee injury his junior year to help lead St. James to the Class 3A state championship game against the rival Lutcher Bulldogs.

A pair of Lowell Narcisse’s former high school coaches expressed support for the quarterback’s decision to transfer from LSU.

Narcisse made the announcement Tuesday via his Twitter account:

“First of [sic] I would like to thank LSU and the entire State of Louisiana for giving me a great opportunity to further my education and play football at the highest level in Tiger Stadium. I would also like to thank Coach O and Coach Ensignmer [sic] for giving me a great opportunity at one of the BEST programs in America. I want to wish my teammates the best of luck this year! After sitting down and talking with my family I’ve decided the best thing for my future is transfer and get a fresh start and to be able to have an opportunity to showcase my Abilities I will forever represent the Boot!”

Narcisse was one of the top quarterbacks coming out of St. James despite missing the entire regular season of his junior year in 2015 with a knee injury and all his senior year with an injury to the opposite knee. He returned for the playoffs his junior year to help lead the Wildcats to the Class 3A state championship game.

An early enrollee at LSU in 2017, Narcisse redshirted his first year while fully recovering from his injuries.

Narcisse was in a battle for the starting quarterback position this year among himself, Myles Brennan and Justin McMillan. The competition became even more crowded with the addition of Joe Burrow, an Ohio State graduate transfer.

“It’s a crowded room at LSU. You have so many talented quarterbacks and so many different styles of play. I haven’t really got a chance to sit down with Lowell and kind of talk about things but from the outside looking in, I just think Lowell is looking at going into the season when most teams are trying to identify one quarterback, how do you kind of go at it with four quarterbacks and how do you fit in that situation. I think that was some of the factors, knowing that your timeclock doesn’t stop, it keeps going,” said Robert Valdez, Narcisse’s coach for the quarterback’s senior season at St. James.

Dwain Jenkins, the current coach at Lutcher and Narcisse’s head coach through his junior season at St. James, said the quarterback handled the situation in his typical situation.

“I think he handled the situation like he handled every other situation he’s come across with a lot of maturity,” Jenkins said. “I think when he committed to LSU out of high school, it was under Coach (Les) Miles and Coach (Ed) Orgeron got hired and LSU was pumping him up as a dual-threat quarterback and that was the way their offense was going. I think 18 months later and four offensive coordinators, LSU has decided their future is going to be in more of a pro-style approach.

“I don’t think it’s anybody’s fault. I think it’s up to the LSU staff to use their best offense to have success and you certainly can’t blame them, but you can’t blame Lowell for seeing that and that if they are going with a pro-style offense system that that’s probably the best fit for him over the long haul of his career.”

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George Becnel is an award-winning journalist and has been a sports writer and editor for more than 30 years.