LSU got one of the biggest commitments of the year when Leonard Fournette decided to join the program on Thursday.
No. 1 overall recruit RB Leonard Fournette commits to LSU over Alabama pic.twitter.com/bKmqDcaga5— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) January 2, 2014
The 5-star running back likely could have attended any school in the country, and he received offers from most major SEC and ACC schools. In the end, however, he wanted to play for the Tigers.
Playing his high school ball in New Orleans, Fournette carved out quite a reputation for himself as an elite prospect. According to 247Sports' composite rankings, he is not only the top running back in the 2014 class but also the No. 1 overall recruit in the nation.
This lofty praise is mostly due to his unbelievable high school numbers. In 2012, the St. Augustine High School star rushed for 2,136 yards and 31 touchdowns on 196 carries, good for 10.9 yards per attempt. He added 313 yards and three scores on 15 receptions as well.
Over his four years in high school, he has totaled 7,620 yards and 88 touchdowns on the ground.
Listed at 6'1" and 226 pounds, he has the size and strength to go up the middle and break tackles to get the tough yards. Impressively, he also has enough acceleration and top speed to turn the small runs into huge gains.
In the open field, he can use his elite vision to find open holes and reach the end zone whenever he touches the football.
Albert Breer of the NFL Network offered some high praise for the running back after watching him play last year:
@evansilva I saw the next Adrian Peterson play ... High school junior named Leonard Fournette.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) October 21, 2012
While LSU has other running backs on the roster, the Louisiana native has the ability to step on the field almost immediately. With his unique skill set, he should be able to succeed at the college level right away.
With this commitment, the Tigers secured a lot of winning days for the next few years.