Jan 2, 2014; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Team Highlight running back Leonard Fournette (5) runs with the ball against Team Nitro during the second half at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Leonard Fournette, LSU commit, wins 247Sports composite player of the year


Leonard Fournette (New Orleans, La. St. Augustine) is the winner of the inaugural 247Sports composite player of the year award after finishing the 2014 cycle as the No. 1 player in their composite rankings which is determined by an algorithm which equally weighs rankings and ratings from all major recruiting media outlets.

The 6-1, 230-pound running back committed to the LSU Tigers at the Under Armour All-American Game on Jan. 2 and is considered to be the best running back recruit since Adrian Peterson came out of Palestine, Texas in 2003.

You can include his high school coach Cyril Crutchfield in the company who sees Fournette as a once-in-generation talent, according to Kipp Adams.

“Leonard Fournette is the best I have ever seen – bar none,” Crutchfield said. “Coaches I have spoken to in the state of Louisiana, some that are new and some that have been coaching over 30 years – they all agree with me that he is the best they have seen.”

With a rare combination of the exceptional size of a linebacker, the speed of a cornerback and the moves of a back 60 pounds lighter, Fournette is a special talent who could be the rare player to live up to the loftiest of expectations.

With LSU losing 1,400-yard rusher Jeremy Hill to the NFL draft, Fournette will have the opportunity to step right in and earn a starting position for LSU and start living up to the prodigious hype that has followed him since his freshman year.

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