In what many would consider a shocking turn of events, LSU star running back and projected top-10 draft pick Leonard Fournette is contemplating a return to LSU for his senior year .
“At the end of the day, nobody wants to leave college. Nobody’s ready for the real world,” Fournette said, per SECCountry.com. “I know I’m not, to be honest. So I have to wait and see when we talk to Coach O.”
Fournette has been the face of the LSU Tigers football team since the moment he stepped on campus in 2014. The expectation there was that Fournette would revitalize the Tiger program and be a three-and-done player, leaving after his true junior year to engage in what many assumed was guaranteed NFL stardom.
So far, Fournette has accomplished everything that was expected of him when he came out of New Orleans (LA) St. Augustine High School in 2014. He is the face of the Tigers program and was an All-American as a sophomore.
On top of that, despite dealing with injuries this year, is projected as a top-10 draft pick by multiple NFL scouts and websites.
Despite the accolades and accomplishments, Fournette has stated before he is in no rush to leave LSU, and reiterated that again in a press conference regarding the LSU-Florida game.
Regardless of whether Fournette feels he is ready to make the jump, the NFL is eagerly awaiting his arrival. It is expected that he will take the league by storm — be it in 2017 or 2018.