BATON ROUGE, LA (WVUE) - Leonard Fournette on a routine basis gave us examples why he was a once-in-a-lifetime talent at St. Aug. In 2014 he garnered the #1 national recruit ranking, and his opponents dreaded every time he stepped on the field.
It definitely sucked going against him in high school," said Brother Martin alum and current LSU Tiger William Clapp. "He was like he is now, just going against lesser talent in high school. My junior year he had like six carries for 188 yards on us, for a couple of touchdowns. Yeah he barely touched the ball and he ran up and down the field a couple of times."
Sometimes the big-time star flames out too fast, but in Fournette's case the hype was real.
"I think he's been a great back for a long time. I think great backs when you show up at Tad Gormley Stadium or someplace down in the city to play and everybody expects you to get 195 yards, 225, whatever it would be, the communications and the buzz in the perimeter is always about you, it's a trainer, if you will, for what happens when you're a major collegiate player," said LSU Head Coach Les Miles.
Fournette isn't thinking a Heisman trophy these days. His main goal is bringing a title back to his hometown.
"It's very important to me, especially being from Louisiana, and New Orleans. You don't know how many people look up to you. By winning that, you don't who's life you could change. Somebody's mindset can change by doing great things," said Fournette.