LSU Football: Why Les Miles Is All in on Mega-Recruit, Leonard Fournette

Sean MerrimanCorrespondent IMarch 14, 2013

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It’s crazy how much anticipation there is around LSU football's program right now.

Yes, of course, most of that is geared towards the start of spring football as Tigers fans will get their first look at whats in store for the 2013 college football season.

But the rest of that anticipation is surrounding a 16-year-old kid by the name of Leonard Fournette.

The 6'1", 225-pound running back from New Orleans is the highest ranked running back prospect in the country for the class of 2014. He has drawn comparisons to Minnesota Vikings star Adrian Peterson, on a regular basis.

All you have to do is take a look up and down Fournette's offer list to get an idea of just how coveted this kid really is.

Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Michigan, Notre Dame, Texas...the list goes on and on.

But LSU head coach Les Miles is hoping that Fournette makes the decision to stay in his home state and come play for his LSU Tigers' football program in 2014.

Heading into his senior season, Fournette has already totaled 5,828 yards rushing and 72 touchdowns for his career. He has been a force on the football field since his freshman season and is considered by many to be the best prep running back since Peterson.

The hype and anticipation surrounding Fournette and this LSU football program speaks to the necessity of recruiting—especially in football, where one special player, especially a running back, could make all the difference.

This isn't basketball, where top-ranked prospects go to college for one year, simply to appease the NBA’s policy, which prohibits entrants into its draft until they are one year removed from high school in addition to being at least 19 years old.

This is college football, where the right player, at the right program, can lead to continued success for a continued period of time. The right player can help build a program, but in this case, LSU is already a championship-caliber program, they just need that one missing piece.

Leonard Fournette is a special type of player with a unique blend of size, speed and power. In fact, it would probably be fair to say that his special combination of skills are arguably among the best high school football has ever seen over the past decade.

Les Miles wants to make sure that he dosen't let this one slip away because guys like this simply don't come around all that often.

All eyes are on the kid. Here we go.