It’s no surprise that in his junior year, Leonard Fournette of St. Augustine (New Orleans, LA) has two of the top teams in the SEC fighting over him. The Alabama Crimson Tide and LSU Tigers are not only rivals but are also in a recruiting war to nab the top running back in the 2014 class.
Fournette has been taking the football world of Louisiana and the nation by storm with his performance this season. In 12 games so far this season, Fournette has rushed for 976 yards and 16 touchdowns as well as catching 14 balls for 358 yards and three scores. In his teams’ playoff win on Friday, Fournette ran the ball 28 times for 354 yards and three touchdowns.
That’s not all either. In something I don’t think I have ever seen or heard of before, Fournette rushed for 188 yards and three touchdowns on just SIX carries. For those wondering that’s an average of 31.3 yards per carry. That stat alone not only proves to me that Fournette is the top running back of his class but could very well be the top recruit of 2014.
It’s no wonder why the Tide and Tigers, two elite programs in the nation, are fighting over Fournette. This very talented running back has been sought after for some time now. And it’s no coincidence to me that Fournette took an unofficial visit to LSU when they hosted, you guessed it, the Crimson Tide (a game in which the Tide won 21-17).
I don’t think the outcome of the game had any impact at all as to who Fournette will ultimately choose, I believe he was there to see his two top choices in action against one another in a high-profile game and environment. I will not be surprised if Fournette travels to Tuscaloosa, AL a year from now to check out the Tide host the Tigers.
Whoever is able to nab Fournette from the other will surely be the front runner for the SEC title but also for the BCS title. Fournette has all the tools to make an instant impact, whether that is in Tuscaloosa or in Baton Rouge, LA. You will be hearing this guy’s name for years to come.