No. 1 Recruit Leonard Fournette Picks LSU
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – The highest-rated participant in the country, Leonard Fournette (New Orleans/Saint Augustine), ended months of hypothesis by committing to LSU within the fourth quarter of Thursday's Beneath Armour All-America sport.
Fournette was one in every of seven ESPN 300 prospects who made their decisions throughout the game on ESPN, with one other committing hours later.
The 6-foot-1, 226-pound Fournette chose LSU over Alabama and Texas.
The five-star running back has been tight-lipped about his recruitment throughout the process, but stated his relationship with LSU running backs coach Frank Wilson and head coach Les Miles led to his decision.
"I chose LSU because I felt dwelling there," Fournette stated. "I have an amazing relationship with both coaches, Coach Miles and Coach Frank. The choice was made yesterday when I used to be speaking to my mother and father late at evening about what school I wished to attend. I used to be type of going back and forth, so at the finish of the day I prayed on it and I woke up and I felt that LSU was going to be the place for me."
Fournette's resolution came as welcome information for the Tigers. 5 gamers who announced their decisions on the Below Armour sport had LSU as a finalist, but solely two, including Fournette, chose the Tigers.
With the addition of the top-ranked player, LSU now has 18 commitments, together with 14 ranked within the ESPN 300. Fournette will seemingly have a chance to see the field early in his career. The Tigers did not land a running back in the 2013 class and have just one other working again commit in the 2014 class, three-star Darrel Williams (Marrero, La./John Ehret).
NOIL JOINS PROFICIENT TEXAS A&M CLASS: No. 8 recruit Speedy Noil (New Orleans/Edna Karr) dedicated to Texas A&M.
Noil, a 5-star athlete, said he chose the Aggies over in-state LSU largely because of the environment he experienced in School Station when he went there on his official visit Sept. 13.
"It felt like residence when I went on my official go to," Noil mentioned. "I look ahead to taking my abilities to A&M."
With Noil's dedication, the Aggies now have 21 verbal commitments, including eleven in the ESPN 300. He joins DE Myles Garrett, a fellow Below Armour All-American, because the five-star pledges for Aggies coach Kevin Sumlin.
INJURED DB BROWN ROLLS TO TIDE: Despite lacking Thursday's sport because of a shoulder damage suffered earlier within the week, five-star defensive back Tony Brown (Beaumont, Texas/Ozen) dedicated to Alabama over LSU and Ohio State.
The decision by Brown, the No. 4-ranked cornerback and the No. eleven player overall in the ESPN 300, comes as considerably of a shock considering his older sister, Bealoved, runs monitor for LSU.
Alabama strengthened the nation's No. 1 recruiting class, which now has 25 commitments, together with 18 ranked in the ESPN 300. Brown is the third 5-star player who has dedicated to the Crimson Tide.
NO. 15 OVERALL CHOOSES ARIZONA OVER BAMA: Maybe the largest surprise occurred in the third quarter when Jalen Tabor (Washington, D.C./Friendship Academy), the No. 15 player recruit within the ESPN 300, dedicated to Arizona over Alabama.
Tabor had Alabama, Florida and Maryland close to the top of his list for several months, however the Wildcats started to maneuver up it after a visit on Nov. 15.
"After I went on my visit, it was nearly a household ambiance," Tabor stated. "They play for each other, and I consider I can provide a spark right away."
With the addition of Tabor, Arizona now has 28 commitments, including 5 ranked in the ESPN 300. Tabor is the workforce's highest-rated commit.
No. 22 OVERALL RECOMMITS TO ALABAMA: Hours after Alabama picked up the commitment from Brown, No. 22 Laurence Jones (Monroe, La./Neville) introduced he again shall be part of the Crimson Tide's class.
"I just talked to my mom about it," Jones stated. "I really admire the way in which Ole Miss tried to maintain recruiting me, and I actually recognize the teaching workers from Ole Miss. They had been like the one school I was nonetheless talking to after I decommitted from Alabama, but I simply felt more at residence at Alabama."
Jones, the No. 2 safety, informed the employees this week that he likely was headed back to the Crimson Tide.
"I informed them there was going to be an amazing chance I used to be going to come back, however I wasn't for certain I was going to come back again. They instructed me to take my time, go wherever I am completely happy at, wished me the best of luck wherever I ended up, however they told me they hoped I got here again," Jones mentioned.
Jones first committed to Nick Saban and his staff Dec. 2, but backed off his verbal commitment Dec. 18.
NO. 3-RANKED SAFETY TO LSU: Jamal Adams (Lewisville, Texas/Hebron), the No. 3-ranked security within the ESPN 300 and the 23rd player general, dedicated to LSU over Florida and Texas A&M during the second quarter.
The 6-foot, 204-pound Adams, a four-star prospect, mentioned his comfort stage with the Tigers was what ultimately led to his determination.
"I just felt extra comfortable there," Adams mentioned. "The opportunity at LSU is there for me. I'm just ready to go win some national championships."
As a senior, Adams had 75 tackles on protection and in addition totaled more than 1,000 all-purpose yards for Hebron.
MOM ONCE MORE DISSATISFIED BY SON'S ALTERNATIVE: Two years after she publicly disapproved of older son Landon Collins selecting Alabama over LSU, April Justin was once more dissatisfied as youthful son Gerald Willis III (New Orleans/Edna Karr) selected Florida over the Tigers.
It was a lot-wanted good news for the Gators, who earlier within the week lost a commitment from No. 20 recruit Dalvin Prepare dinner
Willis III, the No. 3-ranked defensive sort out and the No. 29 participant general, chose the Gators over LSU and Alabama.
"I will take my abilities to Gainesville, Fla.," Willis said when he announced his commitment. "Go Gators."
His mom did not appear as upset as she did two years ago but nonetheless didn't appear thrilled.
"It is what it is," Justin said. "Florida Gators, that's the place we'll be. LSU is still No. 1."
The Gators now have 19 commitments, together with eleven ranked within the ESPN 300.
SEMINOLES LAND NO. 7 WR: Travis Rudolph (West Palm Seaside, Fla./Cardinal Newman) verbally dedicated to Florida State within the second quarter. The No. sixty one player in the ESPN 300 stunned many and committed to the Seminoles over Alabama, which he had named his leader earlier in the week.
"First day on campus, I simply felt like it was the place to be," the nation's No. 7 broad receiver mentioned. "I prayed on it and thought about it and that is where I needed to be."
With the addition of Rudolph, FSU now has 29 verbal commitments, together with 12 ranked within the ESPN 300.
The Seminoles have had an excellent week of recruiting. Earlier within the week, Cook switched his commitment from Florida to the Noles. Lorenzo Featherston (Greensboro, N.C./Web page), the No. 27 participant in the nation, committed to FSU on Wednesday.