Texas A&M hosts two-time defending national champion Alabama on Saturday afternoon. A bevy of big-time 2014 recruits from the bayou will be on hand as the Aggies look to upset Nick Saban's squad for the second straight season.
Several standout players from the New Orleans area are reportedly set to visit campus for the matchup, including uncommitted 5-Star prospect Leonard Fournette (St. Augustine High School). The nation's No. 1 running back and No. 2 overall player in 247Sports composite rankings is planning a surprise visit to College Station, according to ESPN.com reporter Mitch Sherman.
The revelation comes from fellow New Orleans product Speedy Noil (Edna Karr High School), according to Sherman. Noil, an uncommitted recruit and the country's No. 3 wide receiver prospect per 247Sports composite rankings, was reportedly given a heads up about Fournette's impending visit by the Texas A&M coaching staff.
The presence of Noil and Fournette puts added pressure on the Aggies recruiting department to secure a commitment this weekend. Gerald Willis, another Edna Karr star who is listed as the No. 2 defensive tackle in 247Sports composite rankings, is also scheduled to attend the game.
Fournette is fresh off a game in which he scored two touchdowns and totaled 198 yards on five touches, according to The Advocate of Baton Rouge. The 6'1", 225-pound back is considered the kind of athlete who can contribute immediately at the collegiate level.
According to 247Sports, he visited a pair of SEC campuses this summer. Fournette attended a July camp at LSU and took a trip to Tuscaloosa in August.
His offer sheet includes Auburn, Florida, Miami, Notre Dame, Texas, West Virginia and Florida State. 247Sports lists Alabama, LSU, Michigan and USC as favorites to land a commitment from Fournette.
Texas A&M has a chance to make up some ground in his recruiting race this Saturday. On the other hand, a commanding Alabama performance could push Fournette closer toward committing to the Crimson Tide.