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LSU Question of the Day: Thursday, Nov. 30
It’s been awhile since anyone asked about quarterbacks. However, this is a pretty relevant topic since the Tigers will be starting a new one next season. So away we go to an email from Jane Taber.
LSU historically has not signed top ranked quarterbacks and its lack of pro potential quarterbacks has hurt its national championship chances, or frankly even SEC championship chances. Are there plans to turn around the emphasis on quarterbacks and really find and recruit a top-level quarterback and once recruited get a top-notch quarterback coach to work with him to bring him to a level of excellence that elevates our program in that regard? Who are they recruiting and realistically who can we expect will sign in 2018?
First, let’s start with who is already here.
Lowell Narcisse was a 4-star prospect rated as the No. 9 dual-threat quarterback in the country in the Class of 2017. Myles Brennan also was a 4-star prospect who ranked as the No. 6 pro-style quarterback in the Class of 2017. (Among all quarterbacks, Brennan rated 10th and Narcisse 19th).
On paper — or rather computer screen, since you’re unlikely to print this — either one of those quarterbacks should be good enough to lead a team to an SEC championship level. The key to one of them doing so becomes development. And that’s where Matt Canada comes in.
Canada doubles as LSU’s quarterbacks coach on top of being the offensive coordinator. His track record has been impressive when it comes to getting marginal talent to the NFL.
One of his North Carolina State players, Jacoby Brissett, is starting for the Indianapolis Colts. His former Pitt quarterback, Nathan Peterman, was a disaster in his one half starting for the Buffalo Bills, throwing 5 interceptions. But without Canada the coach, it seems probable that Peterman would be playing in Canada the country as a rookie.
Just look at Danny Etling this season. Etling wasn’t an all-SEC quarterback, but under Canada he improved in virtually every statistical measurement over last season. More touchdowns, fewer interceptions, more yards per attempt, a quarterback rating that rose by 20 points.
If Canada doesn’t get a head coaching job — and at the moment nothing indicates that he will — LSU has a coach already on staff who is capable of developing Brennan or Narcisse.
That said, of course the Tigers are still looking for top prospects. LSU is determined to flip the No. 3-ranked quarterback in the country, Bossier City’s Justin Rogers, who is committed to TCU. They’re also putting the full-court press on James Foster, a Montgomery, Ala., quarterback who is the No. 12 dual-threat prospect in the Class of 2018.
Our recruiting guru, Sam Spiegelman, is on top of the players the Tigers are most likely to sign. But in general, quarterback should stop being a position of constant sorrow for LSU in the near future.
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