Five-star running back Leonard Fournette — whose decision will likely come down to the Tigers and the Tide — simply took Saturday as an opportunity to see two great teams play. Fournette didn't meet with coaches of either team and returned home to New Orleans only with memories of a classic contest.
Fournette said Alabama's win didn't affect where the Tide rank compared to the Tigers in terms of his recruiting. He'll take his time with his decision that will likely come very late in his process.
"The only thing I was focused on was how great the game was," Fournette said. "I really wasn't focused on the recruiting. I was focused on watching the teams play…I don't worry about recruiting. I leave that to my parents."
Fournette had high expectations going into Saturday night, and the game didn't disappoint.
"It was a great atmosphere, and it was an awesome game," Fournette said. "It was something that I expected, two great teams going against each other, great defenses and a little bit of offense. All around, it was a good game."
Saturday likely marked Fournette's last appearance in Tiger Stadium this season as his focus now turns to the playoffs. St. Augustine received the No. 10 seed in the Class 4A bracket and will open against Alexandria.
"I have to focus on going to the championship," he said.