Fournette--The most highly touted to ever come out of Louisiana?
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re: Fournette--The most highly touted to ever come out of Louisiana?
Posted by Lester Earl on 11/18 at 10:07 pm to sabanisarustedspoke
i agree. anyone FSU offered from out of state at that time was a bona fide stud.


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Posted by kaleidoscope tiger on 11/18 at 10:44 pm to Lester Earl
i dont know about touted or whatever, but Perrilloux was the best player I've ever seen

he was shredding Louisiana 5A football and was an elite passer and runner. really think he would have won at least one heisman and been a really high draft pick.



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Posted by Actually on 11/18 at 11:11 pm to sabanisarustedspoke
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That's just not accurate. He was fighting for starting time his freshman year with Rock Preston at RB and never had to beg Bowden for time. He was never recruited as a CB over RB with any of the schools he talked to


Sharing time with Preston during the season has nothing to do with what i posted. Fall camp is before games start. Not to mention Preston redshirted and did not get one carry in the 93 season

I guess WD was lying when i heard him tell the story in my presence, or when Bobby Bowden did, or when he wrote about it in his book.

Several schools were recruiting him as CB. LSU in 1992 (year before WD signed) had signed the FAB5 RB's and never truly convinced WD he would have a legitimate opportunity to run the ball at LSU.

Looking back in hindsight that does sound ridiculous but sadly this was the Curley years.



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Posted by wish i was tebow on 11/18 at 11:14 pm to TheBob
This kid has potential to be amazing. Don't think anyone should crown this kid the best yet but he's a stud. He reminds me of watchin Adrian Peterson in HS


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Posted by HeadCoach on 11/19 at 7:42 am to wish i was tebow
LINK

Here is a highlight vid. He's def got all the tools. Looking forward to see how he performs as a senior


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Posted by choupiquesushi on 11/19 at 8:19 am to HeadCoach
Let me clarify.. He is one of the 3 best HS jr's I have seen since I have been watching HS football..

Which is an awfully long time.



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Posted by CourseyCorridor on 11/19 at 11:05 am to sportsfan
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Didn't his coaches have to get him out of jail so he could play in the state championship in 93?


Story I heard was law enforcement was waiting for him when Jennings returned from the Superdome after beating Cecilia in the state championship game. He supposedly took off out of the backdoor of the bus, but for one of the only times that season, he was caught.

Don't know how much of that story was urban legend. But I do know he could have picked any school he wanted to as a running back and he had an offer from Rick Pitino to play point guard for Kentucky. What a stud.




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Posted by Tigah32 on 11/19 at 12:16 pm to Tiger4
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How does Derrick Henry compare to Fournette?
Henry is 6'3" 250ish and ran for so many yds mainly b/c he was so much bigger than all other high school players. Fournette, by all accounts, is a tad bigger, tad slower version of Adrian Peterson.



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Posted by kballa6 on 11/19 at 1:45 pm to HeadCoach
That was some of the worst tackling I have ever seen in high school. Do they teach kids tackling angles at all anymore?


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Posted by AlexLSU on 11/19 at 2:45 pm to FamousAmos
I still can't believe that Perrilloux wasn't a top 10 recruit by Rivals in 2005, but Rueben and McKnight were top two in following years. RP had like 67 total TDs his senior year against the stiffest competition in the state. I still remember that Evangel game where he single handily almost won the game. I've only followed recruiting since 2003 or so, but RP had more national buzz than Fournette or any other LA prospect in that time period.

ETA: But Fournette is great. Really good size, pretty good speed, but I love the physicality he plays with.


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Posted by TJG210 on 11/19 at 2:52 pm to CourseyCorridor
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Don't know how much of that story was urban legend. But I do know he could have picked any school he wanted to as a running back and he had an offer from Rick Pitino to play point guard for Kentucky. What a stud.


What happened to this guy?



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Posted by choupiquesushi on 11/19 at 3:39 pm to AlexLSU
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I still can't believe that Perrilloux wasn't a top 10 recruit by Rivals in 2005,



maybe some of the people that were close to him knew......



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Posted by GeorgeTheGreek on 11/19 at 3:42 pm to JJ27
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Brock Berlin was USA Today National Player of the Year though.


Travis Minor was Gatorade National Player of the Year and USA Today National Offensive Player of the Year.

Another FSU kid ... Not getting enough love.



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Posted by Tiger Ryno on 11/19 at 3:42 pm to ole yeller
Peyton and ELi have to be up there. Cecil Collins, Faulk in teir two


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Posted by choupiquesushi on 11/19 at 3:45 pm to Cincinnati Bowtie
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I played with Tommy Wilcox and Steve Rehage, against John Fourcade Marc Ippolito, Tyrone Vaughan and Garry James, Coached Jimmy Williams and Michael Clayton and watched my kids play against Ruben Randle, Eddie Lacy, Jay Lucas, and Landon Collins and with Glen Dorsey and Fournette is better than all of em.



bonnabel played shaw?.....



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Posted by CourseyCorridor on 11/19 at 3:52 pm to TJG210
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What happened to this guy?


When he walked off that bus, his career as an inmate began...



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Posted by JJ27 on 11/19 at 4:15 pm to GeorgeTheGreek
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Travis Minor



Dale Murphy says 21-14



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Posted by Actually on 11/19 at 4:36 pm to JJ27
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Dale Murphy says 21-14

Ha! Catholic had no DL and no prayer of stopping Tommy Banks!

Travis still had a good night but the OL had no chance of protecting Applewhite that night.

That was an incredible collection of skill players that year for the Bears but championships are won with great defensive fronts.

If you can't stop the run you can't win the big one!



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Posted by darryljames30 on 11/19 at 4:58 pm to TheBob
The three best Ive seen in person are
1. Ryan Perriloux
2. John David Booty
3. Leonard Fournette

I saw Joe Mcknight a few times, but the teams they were playing were so inferior, that he didnt have to do much.



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Posted by nitwit on 11/19 at 7:21 pm to darryljames30
The OP asked who was most highly touted, not best player. It's unfair to compare players before 2000, b/c the tout industry was not quite what it is today.
McKnight would be up there, but so would Faulk, Doucet, Joe Ferguson, Berlin and, in particular Garry James, who was thought to be better than Dalton Hilliard
However the most persistently touted has not yet been named:
R. Hobley.



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