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 commits to LSU Tigers, move up to No. 5 recruiting class

The nation’s No. 1 recruit had LSU waiting with baited breath after the announcements earlier in the Under Armour All-American Game did not go in their favor as LSU reeled in commitments from only one of the four targets they expected to land today.

However, with the big fish in the pond waiting to announce at the end of the game all fingers across Tiger Nation were crossed that LSU could keep Fournette home.Immediately after scoring a touchdown in the fourth quarter in the game, Fournette took the stage to announce he is committing to LSU.

LSU moves up to the No. 5 recruiting class according to 247 with the addition of Fournette.

The 6-1, 230-pound running back from St. Augustine high in New Orleans said he would shock the world prior to kickoff which sent rippled through the fan bases of Alabama, LSU and Texas who were the three finalists for the best running back recruit since Adrian Peterson a decade ago.

LSU has felt great about their position with Fournette after recruiting him for the past four years and his primary recruiter Frank Wilson earned his salary with this one.

With a couple LSU running backs potentially declaring for the 2014 NFL draft, Fournette will enter his freshman with the opportunity to earn a starting position from Day 1 and see if he can live up to the prodigious hype that preceded his arrival to LSU.

Fournette ran for 7,620 yards and 88 touchdowns in his high school career.

Here’s Fournette talking with Ben Love on his decision:

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