The nation's top recruit, St. Augustine running back Leonard Fournette, chose LSU over Alabama Thursday night at an all-star game in Florida, a huge recruiting win for Les Miles and the Tigers.
Fournette was rated as the top running back in the nation by most services and the top player overall by many of them as well. He had several signature performances but none more impressive than his 255 yard, 34 carry game against perennial power John Curtis. In front of a national TV audience, Fournette often carried two or three Patriots on his back as Curtis knew what was coming and didn't give up many big plays, but couldn't stop the big train.
Fournette was the subject of an intense recruiting battle between rivals Alabama and LSU and he said the decision wasn't final until Thursday morning.
"I was jumping back and forth between Alabama and LSU and I talked to my parents and we talked about the odds and evens of each school. Then I prayed about it and when I woke up I decided to go to LSU."
LSU did not receive the news it was hoping to receive from a couple of the top local players who announced their commitments during a high school football All-Star game in Florida Thursday.
Karr receiver Devante 'Speedy' Noil chose Texas A&M over LSU. The multi-talented Cougar player who had some time at quarterback, receiver and on defense flashed his choice on gloves he was wearing that had the A&M logo.
Later Karr defensive tackle Gerald Willis III announced that he had chosen Florida over LSU.
Fournette said each of the players had to make their own choice.
"Everybody has their own path to go," he said. "God creates paths for people and I guess they took the route God chose for them."
The Tigers did receive some good news as one of the nation's top defensive backs, Jamal Adams of Texas, chose LSU over Florida by picking up his niece who was wearing an LSU outfit. However, another top back - Tony Brown from Texas - chose Alabama over LSU.