There’s a responsibility that comes with being a college athlete, and even a pledged recruit for a top college program. That’s rarely been more true than in Louisiana, where the in-state commitments to football power LSU have first ensured their family’s safety, then looked to help others in the community.
As reported by SEC Country, a number of LSU commits have stepped up to pitch in with rescue efforts in numerous ways. Chief among them may be Aaron Moffitt, a defensive line recruit who is the son of LSU strength and conditioning coach Tommy Moffitt. In this case, the family’s home was spared by topography (it’s on a hill), but the Moffitts went out of their way to take in and house a neighboring family that lost its home. Father and son also set out in a boat to help rescue families’ items that were floating away in flood ravaged neighborhoods.
“We went out to the O’Neal area and the Denham (Springs) area and helped save a few families that needed help,” Aaron Moffitt told SEC Country. “My brother has a boat and we were pulling all kinds of luggage and important items that they couldn’t transport themselves.
“All of the coaches are being very positive and are looking to help in any way. If anyone is in need, (they say) let me know and they will do the best they can to help.”
A more organized effort was turned in by four-star dual threat quarterback Lowell Narcisse, whose St. James squad pitched in with very hands-on cleanup efforts in Paulina, La. once the rains had gone away. That’s Narcisse in the rain boots at the top, as posted to Twitter by St. James coach Robert Valdez.
According to SEC Country’s outreach efforts, three LSU commits were forced to evacuate their homes during the flooding, though early returns make it likely that just one will suffer significant, long-term damage.
That’s not to say that the natural disaster didn’t have a significant impact on future Tigers and their coaches across Louisiana, all of which is well worth reading more about right here.