The Michigan football program is three days away from hosting the No. 1 running back in the class of 2014 for an unofficial visit. Thursday, Leonard Fournette and his parents will make the trek from New Orleans to Ann Arbor ready to experience four days with the Wolverines.
While college football programs can offer top of the line technology inside their facilities and a grand stage to play college football on, the Fournette’s focus will remain stoic on one key factor that will be a key component in their son’s ultimate decision.
“We’re just trying to get that feeling where you just feel at home,” Fournette’s father told GoBlueWolverine. “We want that vibe from the coaches and the university. I’m just really trying to see what kind of vibe he’ll (Leonard) get as well.”
With offers, visits and camps stops at Alabama, Florida, LSU, Mississippi State and USC, just to name a few, Leonard Fournette II says being the father of the No. 1 running back recruit in the country is a second job, constantly having his phone buzz with calls or texts from interested coaches.
Michigan jumped into the fray of Fournette’s recruitment in recent months, quickly building a friendly rapport leading up to the weekend unofficial visit that coincides with the Wolverines barbecue at the big house.
“The coaches are real nice,” Fournette’s father said. “I’ve spoken with a couple of coaches and we’re excited to get up there and visit Michigan.”
One of the coaches leading the recruitment of Fournette is long time Michigan running backs coach Fred Jackson.
“I talk to coach Freddy J,” Fournette’s father said. “He’s a real nice guy, real genuine guy, down to earth.”
Fully transitioning back to the ground and pound, pro style running offense after the departure of quarterback Denard Robinson and potential insertion of the No. 1 running back in the class of 2013, Derrick Green, Fournette, like Green, becomes the perfect blend of size, power, speed, and versatility that the Wolverines and offensive coordinator Al Borges will covet moving forward.
As a father that knows his son’s game and how it might translate to the college level, he can see what the portrait might look like in the Maize & Blue.
“For sure he would be a good fit for Michigan,” said Fournette’s father. “I know for sure he would be a great fit for Michigan. He’ll fit right in.”
Some prevailing thought in the recruiting world has Fournette as a proverbial lock to LSU, not leaving the confines of his home state. When asked if his son is signed, sealed, and delivered to the Tigers, the response was simple.
“No sir,” he said. “He’s wide open.”
Still not ready to name a top group of schools standing out above the rest, Fournette’s plan remains to commit at the 2014 Under Armour All-America Game.
Before reaching that decision though, the Fournette’s have their own evaluations to do on each program, and should the Wolverines be able to forge more relationships this upcoming weekend, it can go a long way in determining whether or not a Michigan hat is put on Fournette’s head in early January.
“Me and my wife are real high on education, first of all,” Fournette’s father said. “And we have to feel like our child is going to be in good hands, from a family aspect, not just coaches, but a friend and a father figure on the field and off the field.”
Look for more on the Fournette’s this weekend after wrapping up their visit in Ann Arbor.