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Leonard Fournette receives national honor

In his senior season at St. Aug, running back Leonard Fournette totaled more than 1,800 yards and 20 touchdowns, but he's been a household name since he was a freshman.

"As my years progressed during high school, I upped my game each and every year," Fournette said. "So I'm very proud of that."

Coach Cyril Crutchfield added, "He's grounded in his spirituality and in his beliefs and is ideals to be successful, and he has this relentless approach that he goes through in order to reach that success."

Heralded as the country's top talent, Fournette received another prestigious honor today from 24-7 Sports, in their inaugural national player of the year award.

"A back like Leonard Fournette, you don't just see very often," recruiting analyst Bartin Simmons said. "And frankly, he's very Adrian Peterson-ish, in just his skillset, and frankly, he may be as good as any back we've seen since Adrian Peterson."

This Wednesday, Leonard Fournette will make it official, trading in the purple-and-gold of St. Augustine high school for that of the LSU tigers. In addition to LSU being the flagship university and an hour down the road from his hometown of New Orleans, Fournette also said it was that special relationship with head coach Les Miles that made Fournette want to become a Tiger.

"I love Coach Les Miles and Coach Frank and just being around them, and my relationship with them got stronger and stronger," Fournette said.

Crutchfield added, "Les is getting a little younger, he's texting Buga Nation and all that stuff. I though he was an old guy, didn't have any swag, but I think Leonard's brought some years down off Les' life."

"They obviously made him a priority, since very early in the process," Simmons said. "And frankly, he's a great fit for what LSU typically likes to do with the running backs."

Fournette plans to sign his official letter-of-intent paperwork to attend LSU Wednesday morning around 11:00am.

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