Signing Day Capsule: Leonard Fournette

LSU has received a National Letter of Intent from RB Leonard Fournette. The nation's No. 1 prospect is officially a Tiger.

The world was introduced to Leonard Fournette during his freshman year at St. Augustine. With a highlight tape that rivaled five-star seniors, Fournette was tabbed the next big thing at only 14 years old. Then came the offers. LSU was one of his first, followed by Alabama and just about every other program in the country. It eventually go the point where he stopped counting as he realized he'd have an opportunity to play at any school he wanted.

But as the years passed, Fournette's recruitment boiled down to just two programs — LSU and Alabama. The two SEC rivals would engage in one of the fiercest recruiting battles in their long history, with both schools devoting everything they could to try and land Fournette. LSU went so far as to pass on taking running backs for two consecutive recruiting cycles with hopes of enticing him with an open depth chart.

That high risk/high reward strategy would eventually pay off for the Tigers. Fournette would eventually give both schools a hard look before ultimately committing to LSU during the Under-Armour All-American Game. LSU got the job done and secured a commitment from one of the highest rated recruits of all time.

Fournette is the complete package when it comes to running the football. He has size, speed, toughness and elusiveness. One tackle is rarely enough to bring him down and he can choose to either run around you or through you. Then once you get him in the open field, he has the acceleration to leave every other defender in his wake.

Fournette has essentially been a man amongst boys throughout his high school career. That'll all change though once he arrives on campus this spring, where he'll finally be paired against defenders that can match his athleticism. But Fournette has all the potential to not only compete on the college level, but also excel. He's expected to step in immediately as LSU's featured back, replacing Jeremy Hill, and the nation's No. 1 overall prospect has Heisman aspirations for his freshman season.


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