Leonard Fournette had already gone through his big day. Making his announcement last month in St. Petersburg, Florida at the Under Armour All-American Game, Fournette set off a wave of excitment through Purple and Gold Nation when he committed to LSU.
In the emotional gaumet of the recruting process, this was as big as it gets.
National Signing Day would just be a formality, nothing to see here right? Think again.
“At first I woke and thought it was a regular day,” said Fournette. “Until midway like around 9 or 10 people started calling my phone they sounded like they were more excited than me, like they were signing the papers.”
Fournette was one of 12 St. Augustine players lined up at the signing table in the school gymnasium. Before, the formal event began at 11:15 am, the large crowd of family, friends, and Purple Knight supporters converged on Fournette's location with cell phones in hand to record a piece of history.
“It’s a big deal especially for my family,” said Fournette. “My father and my mother they did a great job with me as a young man and instilling stuff inside of me.”
Gaining close to 8000 career rushing yards and scoring 88 touchdowns, Fournette jumped to No.1 status on recruiting lists around the country. With Jeremy Hill declaring for the NFL Draft, Fournette figures to be an immediate contributor to the Tigers backfield with Terrence Magee and Kenny Hilliard.
“Nothing is given to you,” said Fournette. “You have to earn everything. I’m going up there as regular freshman and working my way up.”
In the age of early high school graduations and spring semester college enrollments, Fournette and LSU will have to hold that thought.
“I’m excited I wish I could graduate early but you know St. Aug, it’s different, catholic rules,” said Fournette. “I’m just waiting my time continue running track and grinding lifting weights and getting bigger, stronger, and faster.”