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March 20, 2013

Fournette will wait until this summer

One of the elite prospects in the class of 2014 will undoubtedly be Leonard Fournette and the five-star prospect has decided to take his time in figuring out which schools will ultimately fit his running the style.

The 6-foot-1, 225-pound running back out of New Orleans, Louisiana said that with how busy he is now, he just wants to take the time when it's available to dig deeper on his search for a college destination.

"I'm not focusing too much on things right now because it would be overwhelming," Fournette said. "I'm working on my school stuff now and in the summer time I'll sit back and take a closer look at the whole recruiting process."

Fournette does have a number in mind for the summer months and there will be a handful of happy schools that do eventually make the cut.

"This summer I'll cut the list to five," Fournette said. "Between track, football practice and work I'm busy but I'll be looking forward to the summer time when I can look things over."

While he's put recruiting on the backburner for the time being, that doesn't mean schools have made the St. Augustine product any less of a target.

"Every school has been putting in some time to start building a relationship," Fournette said. "I didn't grow up watching any school, really. I did grow up watching the 49ers, though."

And now, several schools including Alabama, Florida, Florida St., LSU, Texas and Nebraska have extended scholarships to the top running back in the class of 2014.

Despite offers from several of the nation's best teams, Fournette says beyond narrowing down his final list this summer, his primary goal is to just become a better player.

"I'm looking to do some camps at schools and any camp where I can get better and get the work in. I'm not sure which camps it's going to be, but it'll be wherever I can get better," Fournette said. "I'm a north and south runner. I have good hands and I'm good at blocking. I think my agility and my cuts also help me a lot. This summer I want to get stronger, faster and wiser."

Fournette does not have a certain offense in mind for the college level, either but says he'll be able to fit into anything thrown his way.

"We run a lot of offenses. We run the spread with one back and two backs. It's multiple," Fournette said. "No offense in college totally stands out for me. I know that where I go they'll make things work so I can get the best out of my skill."

Fournette has also taken note of Nebraska. While he has yet to reach out to many coaches, he does have Nebraska in his sights and knows what he wants in his eventual decision.

"Oh yeah, I like Nebraska. I can't remember the coach who is recruiting me but I do like Nebraska," Fournette said. "In the end, I want a school where I can feel at home. As far as people wise I just want people who care for me outside of football. I want to go somewhere where they look at you as someone other than just an athlete."


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