Jul 2, 2013; Beaverton, OR, USA; Running back Leonard Fournette (5) runs with the ball during the Nike 7on7 pool play at Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon on Tuesday July, 2, 2013. Mandatory Credit: Steve Dykes-USA TODAY Sports

Leonard Fournette Recaps the Unexpected Bonus of his Official Visit to LSU

Top overall recruit and LSU target, Leonard Fournette (New Orleans, LA. St. Augustine) took an official visit to LSU this weekend along with a number of fellow top recruits and the 6-1, 225-pound running back experienced something unexpected while on campus.

“Everybody bonded and it was laid back. I didn’t expect that at all,” said the nation’s No. 1 running back. “I expected it to be more business-like where we talked about how they would use me and things like that. I already knew that stuff so I liked how it was laid back and just so comfortable.” [Source: Geaux247]

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Leonard Fournette (5) runs during the Nike 7on7 pool play at Nike World Headquarters. Mandatory Credit: Steve Dykes-USA TODAY Sports

Laid back is exactly how I would describe Fournette’s personality off-the-field, so this is exactly the type of atmosphere and environment LSU was hoping would further cement their standing with Fournette before he takes an official visit to the rival Alabama Crimson Tide this weekend.

Fellow New Orleans recruits, Speedy Noil, Gerald Willis and Donnie Alexander were just some of the potential future teammates Fournette connected with over the weekend and it’s a tantalizing prospect to envision all of them in an LSU uniform next year. What bodes well for the uncommitted prospects Noil, Willis and Fournette (Alexander is already an LSU commit) is that Fournette and them all appear to be developing a great friendship.

“It was so relaxed and we all bonded so well,” said Fournette, who attended Noil and Willis’ playoff game on Friday night. “We never really talked about football. It was just normal stuff guys my age talk about like girls and things like that. We all got along so well.”

I have felt strongly Fournette would commit to LSU when he announces his decision Jan. 2 at the Under Armour All-American game and this visit only strengthened that belief.

Said Fournette, “This visit was all about hanging out and just enjoying the coaches, the players and all of the guys who were there. Overall, it was a great visit.”

It’s been said many times before, but Fournette has the potential to be a very special player at the college level provided he stays healthy. When I say very special I mean Heisman potential and the best player on a team that wins a national championship.

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