Former LSU QB Lowell Narcisse and Tulane could make for a perfect fit
You can’t blame former St James High School quarterback Lowell Narcisse for leaving LSU.
For Narcisse, who hasn’t played in a live game since his high school jamboree in 2016, potentially sitting out or playing a limited role behind Joe Burrow for two more seasons was an untenable prospect.
Narcisse had to get on the field, and the southpaw will do so this fall for Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.
LSU head coach Ed Orgeron wanted to keep Narcisse in the fold, planning to use him in a limited number of “wildcat” snaps best suited to the player’s abilities, as part of the 2018 LSU offensive plan.
Orgeron understood that the talented dual threat had significant upside that had yet to be scratched.
That’s why Narcisse figures to have plenty of suitors when he again makes his college choice after the season.
He should take a long look at Tulane University.
With senior Jonathan Banks departing, Narcisse would be the odds-on favorite to win the starting job for the Green Wave. He has the ability to be a dominant quarterback in the American Athletic Conference.
Narcisse has a chance to do something no Tulane quarterback has ever done – lead his team to bowl games over three consecutive seasons.
Tulane would need to modify the option part of its offense to be more of a pure spread team, one that fits perfectly Narcisse’s abilities.
With head coach Willie Fritz under contract through 2023 and offensive coordinator Doug Ruse entrenched as well, the situation at Tulane sets up for Narcisse, just about perfectly.
Yes, Tulane isn’t in a Power 5 league. But, if he transfers to another SEC school, there are no guarantees that his head coach will be the one who recruited him or that he will win the starting job. With the Wave, his chances would be extremely good to be the offense’s focal point.
Here’s a list of coaching changes in the SEC West since Nick Saban accepted the Alabama job in January of 2007. It does not count interims who were the head coaches for a handful of games.
During that period Arkansas has had five head coaches while Ole Miss and Texas A&M have has four each. There have been three at both Auburn and Mississippi State while LSU has made the one change to Orgeron after the departure of Les Miles.
What the Tulane staff should sell Narcisse are the following.
Narcisse has a chance to be a history-making quarterback at a school less than one hour from his home.
Tulane is also a school that has a history of sending quality quarterbacks to the National Football League.
Shaun King was a second round pick by Tampa Bay. JP Losman and Patrick Ramsey were first round selections by Buffalo and Washington, respectively.
The message should be, we can get you where you want to go.
In the meantime, Tulane has to do what it can to make itself attractive.
Beating Wake Forest in this year’s season opener would be a start. Winning at least six games and becoming bowl eligible would be a huge step.
Attracting a talent such as Lowell Narcisse could be a game changer for Tulane football.
It is an option he should seriously consider.
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Ed is a New Orleans native, born at Baptist Hospital. He graduated Rummel High School, class of 1975, and subsequently graduated from Loyola University. Ed started in TV in 1977 as first sports intern at WVUE Channel 8. He became Sports Director at KPLC TV Channel 7 in Lake Charles in 1980. In 1982 he was hired as sports reporter…