The Texas Longhorns are reportedly set to host one of the nation's most coveted 2014 prospects this weekend.
According to ESPN.com's Derek Tyson, running back Leonard Fournette will spend time in Austin this weekend, adding a surprising twist to the 5-star playmaker's nationwide recruiting process:
The 6'1", 226-pound New Orleans native hasn't publicly shown significant interest in Texas during recent stages of his highly publicized recruitment. Prior to the start of the season, Michigan, Alabama, LSU, USC and Miami were the teams expected to receive an official visit from Fournette, per Andrew Lopez of NOLA.com.
247Sports identifies Alabama and LSU as his favorites, with USC and Michigan following behind. His lengthy offer list also features Florida State, Auburn, Tennessee and Notre Dame.
Fournette is ranked as the No. 2 overall prospect in the country by 247Sports. He rushed for more than 2,100 yards and 31 touchdowns as a junior at St. Augustine.
Texas has won six-straight games since losing a pair of September matchups against Ole Miss and BYU. Embattled head coach Mack Brown has seen his squad bounce back and perhaps that resiliency is paying off on the recruiting trail.
The Longhorns welcome 12th-ranked Oklahoma State into town this weekend, with a chance to make strides toward the Big 12 title game. With Fournette in attendance, the stakes are high off the field as well.
Uncommitted 5-star safety Jamal Adams (Carrollton, Texas) is also expected to be at the game.
Fournette's unforeseen visit to Austin changes the complexion of his final stretch toward National Signing Day, as other programs in the mix must be wondering where they stand in his pecking order. He visited Alabama last weekend for the team's showdown with LSU.
This will be Fournette's second trip to Texas' campus. He spent time with the team in late March during an unofficial visit.