- Feature Story
- National Signing Day
- George Becnel
- February 01, 2017 - 9:48am
Lowell Narcisse was running a little late for a signing ceremony Wednesday but folks in the auditorium at St. James didn’t seem to mind.
Already enrolled in college, Narcisse had morning classes at LSU before making his way back home to be part of National Signing Day with his former Wildcat teammates.
“It’s bigger than me,” said the former Wildcat quarterback. “To come back and sign with my brothers, it means a lot to them being that it shows them that I appreciate the four years that they gave.”
One of the top quarterbacks in the nation and perhaps the most high-profile recruit to ever come out of St. James, Narcisse has been enrolled at LSU since January 10. Since that time, he’s quickly learned that college is quite different from high school.
“It’s a big transition to be able to live on your own and do a lot of things,” Narcisse said. “You have a lot more responsibilities, so you have to hold yourself accountable.
“Those workouts – it’s a whole different type of working hard. Nobody will wake you up in the morning to go to class; no one will tell you when to go to workouts.”
Still, it was important to return home.
“These are his classmates. He grew up with these kids,” St. James coach Robert Valdez said. “One of things that is so important about a small town communities is that these kids come up along the ranks together. Other than graduation, this is probably one of the last times he will be with his guys. It’s special for him to be here.”
Narcisse was one of several River Parish players to become part of the college football recruiting class of Power 5-type schools for 2017.
Joining Narcisse at LSU will be Jontre Kirklin. The quarterback of Lutcher’s two-time Class 3A defending state champion, Kirklin is slated to play defensive back in college.
“For me, it’s just mostly about competing right now. I have to go in and get the job done. For me, it’s just hard work and competing. If you don’t work hard, you can’t be successful,” said Kirklin.
Kirklin was an early commitment to LSU and stuck with the Tigers even after a coaching change.
“LSU is home. It feels like another Lutcher High School to me but with a bigger stadium,” Kirklin said.
One of Kirklin’s top targets – receiver Al’dontre Davis – is headed to Texas Christian University.
Davis’ signing with the Horned Frogs came only one day after foot surgery. Davis had a pin placed in his foot after playing part of the 2016 season with a broken foot.
“Basically, everybody gave up on me except TCU,” Davis said. “When I went on my official visit, I really liked it. It’s not too big and it’s not too small and they compete with the best team.”
Davis said there’s a chance he could see action at TCU right away.
“Coach (Rusty) Burns, the receivers coach; he said he could see me fitting the offense because they are losing five seniors. If I go and do that I’ve got to do, after the surgery, I will just be a playmaker like I’ve always been,” said Davis.
Another River Parish receiver headed to a big-time program is Destrehan’s Mike Young. Young was an early commitment to Notre Dame and stuck with the Irish despite a poor season in South Bend that saw several changes among the assistant coaches.
“I was a little bit shook when the wide receiver coach left because we had built a strong relationship but then they brought in Chip Long from Memphis and he was one of the first people to start recruiting me, so we had a relationship. Then they brought in Coach (Delvaughn) Alexander, who was at Arizona State, which had been my first offer and he was a part of that and we had a relationship. Once they brought in those guys, I’m fine now because I already have a relationship with them and it will continue to build,” said Young.
The combination of academics and athletics was just too much for the receiver to pass up.
“Notre Dame is known for academics as well as athletics. In my household, academics are a No. 1 priority. The fact they offered me a scholarship and that they offered me the ability to continue my academic and athletic career at a high level, it was hard to turn down,” Young said.
While not a Power 5 school, Louisiana-Monroe of the Sun Belt Conference, will prove Destrehan lineman Dakota Torbert an opportunity to play at the Football Bowl Subdivision level.
“This year, we had the No. 1 recruiting class in the Sun Belt and that was a real honor for us. We have special things coming to ULM and I’m looking forward to it,” Torbert said.