LSU Football: Tigers’ highest rated commit of all time

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LSU football is one of the top programs in the country when it comes to landing elite talent.

The Tigers routinely land some of the top talent in the nation — it’s rare that LSU isn’t in the top 5 or top 10 of the recruiting rankings.

So it goes without saying that LSU has landed some extremely highly-rated players over the last 20 years.

But who is the highest-rated Tigers commit of all time?

Former LSU football RB is the highest rated Tigers commit of all time

247Sports recently pointed out the highest-rated commit of all time for each SEC program.

And it’s probably not a surprise that running back Leonard Fournette is the highest-rated LSU commit of all time.

The New Orleans native had a 0.9996 rating as a recruit.

“Fournette was part of the long tradition of LSU developing elite running backs. He came to Baton Rouge with some high expectations, and he definitely delivered,” wrote 247Sports’ Austin Nivison this week.

Fournette was rated in 247Sports’ composite rankings as the No. 1 overall recruit in the 2014 recruiting class. He signed with LSU over basically every other program in the nation.

As a true freshman, Fournette immediately delivered on the hype, rushing for 1,034 yards and 10 touchdowns in 13 games.

Fournette’s sophomore season was one for the books. In 2015, Fournette ran for an impressive 1,953 yards and 22 touchdowns in 12 games.

The LSU standout had his junior season cut short, playing in only seven games due to a high ankle sprain.

Fournette — despite not being 100 percent for most of the season — still managed to rush for 843 yards and eight touchdowns in 2016.

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The Jacksonville Jaguars selected Fournette with the No. 4 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.