Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
Former LSU star Tyrann Mathieu was at "The Opening" Nike camp this week and had a chance to talk about incoming LSU freshmen Leonard Fournette. Here is some of what he had to say, per ESPN
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"I grew up with him," Mathieu said. "I know his dad real well. He could never play park ball, he was always bigger than everybody else. So the parents would always say he's too big, they would write letters to the state. He couldn't play football so he always had to play what we called all-star football. They travel the state and play football."
It's not just that Fournette was big, but it was his natural strength that impressed Mathieu.
"I knew he was a grown man when I was in the 12th grade and he was in the 8th grade, he was always bigger than me and he (punched me in the chest) and it hurt a little bit. I didn't know if he was playing or serious because it hurt that bad. He has always been strong,"
"I think he's hungry. I think he has what I didn't have, he has a great support system already. They've always been a great support system for him. (He believes in himself and the people around him believe in him. The thing is, he can't get down. I had great years at LSU, but every time I played Alabama I wasn't the same guy. So you're going to have bad games but you just can't down about it."