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January 2, 2014
Fournette commits to LSU
The state's crown jewel is staying put.
Leonard Fournette of New Orleans' St. Augustine High ended what's been a prolonged, four-year recruiting process with a dramatic announcement in which the nation's No. 1 running back said he will attend LSU.
Fournette, the nation's third-rated overall prospect, selected the Tigers over Alabama and Texas.
"I'm going to take my talent for the next three or four years to LSU," Fournette said on national television.
There couldn't have been a greater area of need in this year's recruiting class for LSU than running back.
The Tigers are expected to lose leading rusher Jeremy Hill to the NFL, while senior Alfred Blue isn't certain he'll be back for a fifth year of eligibility.
Seniors Terrence Magee and Kenny Hilliard are currently the team's lone running backs.
The 6-foot-2, 218-pound Fournette's never made a public case about the role depth charts would play in his eventual decision.
Regardless, it's obvious Fournette will get every opportunity to play immediately and make an impact for an LSU offense that will be in transition in 2014.
Fournette concluded his prep career with nearly 6,000 yards rushing, including 1,802 on 188 carries last season. He wound up with 3,697 yards from scrimmage and 25 touchdowns, leading St. Augustine to a 9-2 record.
Fournette was selected the Class 5A All-State Offensive MVP and All-Metro Outstanding Player on offense.