By USA TODAY High School Sports | October 17, 2016 1:11 pm ET
Lowell Narcisse was named homecoming king at his school, St. James (La.), recently, but he had someone special in mind to share the moment with him.
Blake Brazan is a 9-year-old who is fighting leukemia whom Narcisse met when he was a sophomore.
“Just to be able to get him out there and to see him smile means a lot,” Narcisse told The Advocate. “He’s a guy who fights for his life each and every day, and I’m a guy going through something that takes me six months to heal to get back to myself. And he’s fighting something that is life-threatening. For him to be able to take his mind off that and smile means everything.”
Narcisse, ranked as the No. 3 dual-threat quarterback in the class by ESPN, has been sidelined this season with a left ACL injury suffered in a preseason jamboree. He had previously torn the ACL in his right knee during St. James’ spring game in 2015. He came back late in the season to lead St. James to the state title game.
And that’s what Narcisse does: He leads — on the field, on the sideline despite his injury and in the community.
“My dreams are to make the guys who play around me better,” he said Monday when he received his honorary jersey for the Under Armour All-America Game when the Selection Tour presented by American Family Insurance came to his school.
He is not expected to play in the Jan. 1 in Orlando, but he intends to be there, helping lead his team, just as he has done with St. James, which is 6-1.
An LSU commit, Narcisse says he remains committed to the Tigers and understands why the coaching change was made. Of course, he is intensely interested in who the next coach will be. He visited campus over the weekend for the Tigers’ game against Southern Miss.