LSU may lean heavily on true freshman RB Leonard Fournette in 2014

1/14/14 in NCAAF   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

Running backs Jeremy Hill and Alfred Blue provided a nice one-two punch for LSU during the 2013 season, and since they were both eligible for another year in college, there was a decent chance that LSU would have at least one of them back in 2014. Both Hill and Blue, however, have announced their plans to jump to the NFL. This left LSU in a tough spot, as the school did not recruit a running back last year, and their only two returning scholarship running backs are Kenny Hilliard and Terrence Magee, who combined for just 154 carries in 2013.

Blog Photo - LSU may lean heavily on true freshman RB Leonard Fournette in 2014Fortunately, Les Miles was able to land a recruit earlier this month who could make running the ball much easier in 2014 - five-star recruit Leonard Fournette. "I chose LSU because I felt home there," Fournette said. "I have a great relationship with both coaches, Coach Miles and Coach Frank." Having gone to school at St. Augustine High School in New Orleans, LSU is closer to Fournette's home than other schools he considered, such as Alabama and Texas. "Coach Frank" would be Frank Wilson, running backs coach for LSU.

A 6'1'', 226-pound beast with electrifying speed and quick feet, Fournette was the No. 1 overall recruit, according to ESPN. He is expected to compete for the starting job at LSU with Hilliard - who had the worst YPC (4.6) of any LSU player with 35+ carries in 2013 - so we could very well see Fournette take on a sizable workload right out of the gate.

Fournette is coming off a final high school season in which he rushed 142 times for 1,166 yards (8.2 YPC) and ten touchdowns. If you find those numbers impressive, your jaw will hit the floor when you see Fournette's sophomore stats - 196 carries for 2,135 yards (a ridiculous 10.9 YPC mark) and 31 touchdowns. These stats are according to MaxPreps.com, but the numbers vary based on what website you look at, so I can not confirm that the numbers are definitely accurate.

As for Fournette's high school highlights, he truly looks like a man among boys, constantly outrunning and outmuscling opponents. Some of his plays will actually leave you laughing because of how bad he makes would-be tacklers look. Here are some of the highlights from Fournette's senior campaign:

 
 

He may just be a freshman next year, but you have to admit that this kid has the look of a player who can step in and bust some big runs from day one. The big-time recruit comes at a great time for LSU, who are thin at running back and may lean on Fournette right from the start of his collegiate career.
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