Nation's No. 1 stays home
Posted Jan 2, 2014

LSU had an up-and-down day at the Under Armour All-America game, but it landed the top prospect in the nation to cap the event. Leonard Fournette is staying home.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – The nation’s number one player ended any suspense surrounding his recruitment on Thursday when five-star running back Leonard Fournette committed to LSU during the fourth quarter of the 2014 Under Armour All-America Game.

Fournette, a 6-foot, 227-pounder from St. Augustine, opted for the home-state Tigers over finalists Alabama and Texas. He held offers from dozens of other schools and also attended camps at Florida, Mississippi State and USC. Fournette took his most recent visit to LSU the weekend of Dec. 13.

“There is not much Fournette does not do at a very high level. He is a running back with a great blend of power and speed,” said national recruiting analyst Chad Simmons. “He can run with force, but he can also make a defender miss in the open field.

“He does a great job of setting up defenders, he hits the hole quickly, and he is very good at getting those yards after contact. Most look at Fournette and they may question his quickness and agility, but don’t.”

Fournette joins John Ehret (La.) back Darrel Williams as the only two committed running backs in LSU’s Class of 2014. The Tigers are likely to have an immediate need at the position as junior Kenny Hilliard and third-year sophomore Jeremy Hill may both test NFL waters.

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