As we turn our focus from the 2013 college football recruiting class to the 2014 class, it’s time to start looking at some of the top prospects for this year and where they will possibly end up. Running back Leonard Fournette (New Orleans, LA/St. Augustine) is not only tops at his position, he quite possibly could become top of the 2014 class.
Fournette lives right in the heart of SEC country, with plenty of suitors fighting for his services on their respected team. Two teams though, the LSU Tigers and Alabama Crimson Tide, look to be the top two teams for the five-star running back. It’s the Tigers, however, that look to be the team to lock up Fournette.
Nick Saban and the Tide are a phenomenal team don’t get me wrong, but the problem is that they are stacked at the running back position. The Tide signed four running backs in the 2013 class, bringing their total to eight backs who are on scholarship. Not to mention, they have kick started the 2014 class by receiving a commit from five-star back Bo Scarbrough. Needless to say it’s crowded at the running back position for Saban.
The Tigers, however, are a different story. Les Miles and company did not sign one running back in the 2013 class. Not to mention, the Tigers are thin at that position. Fournette would not only add much needed talent at the postion, but would also make an instant impact for the Bayou Bengals.
Now I’m not saying that Fournette could not go to Tuscaloosa and compete for a starting job for Saban. He would actually make that race interesting and would have a shot at starting. I just think it is too crowded at that position for the Tide. Fournette would get some major playing time for the Tigers, something I don’t see happening with the Tide. The talented back’s chances of starting sooner are much greater with the Tigers than if he were to go with Alabama.