Fournette leads 11 Louisiana prospects ranked in the ESPN150. (Matthew Hinton, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)
ESPN released its top 150 players for 2014 on Thursday and anointed the St. Augustine running back as the top prospect.
“It’s a great feeling that someone thinks that you are the best at doing something that you love to do,” said Leonard Fournette, who also was ranked No. 1 by Scout and No. 3 nationally by Rivals. “It’s a big surprise to me. “It’s exciting, but at the same time I know that I have a lot more work to do in myself to get better, faster, stronger. I have a lot of other things that I feel like I have to get better.”
Founette, 6 feet 1 and 222 pounds, has long been one of the nation’s most sought-after recruits. Yet the bruising back, who is considering LSU, Alabama, Florida State, USC and Texas, among others, is, for the moment, putting the breaks on recruiting visits to concentrate on spring football. “To me, Louisiana has the best talent.”
“My No. 1 goal is winning a state championship,” he said. “That’s why I’m gonna continue to do work hard and play physical. My mindset hasn’t changed, and I’m not gonna let any of (these honors) affect me.” Fournette has plenty of company as Louisiana is well represented in ESPN’s rankings. In all, 11 in-state players are ranked in the top 150, including seven of the top 39.
“To me, Louisiana has the best talent,” Fournette said. “To have that many guys ranked like that, that’s really a blessing. There’s great competition (in Louisiana) because they want something that you want, too. They want to play, they want to grind, they want to be successful, they want to be the No. 1. So, at the same time, it makes both of you better.”
The other Louisiana players included are: West Monroe offensive lineman Cameron Robinson (No. 7), Karr athlete Devante “Speedy” Noil (No. 8), Neville defensive back Laurence “Hootie” Jones (No. 21), Curtis wide receiver Malachi Dupre (No. 29), Karr defensive lineman Gerald Willis (No. 31), Barbe wide receiver Trey Quinn (No. 39), Ouachita Parish wide receiver Cameron Sims (No. 64), University Lab offensive lineman Garrett Brumfield (No. 98), Covington defensive tackle Garrald McDowell (No. 105) and Westlake tight end Jacory Washington (No. 119).
View the complete rankings here.