LSU’s Fournette First High Schooler to Win Louisiana Top Amateur Athlete
"Buga Nation" is legit! True freshman LSU running back Leonard Fournette, the nation's top overall high school recruit heading into the 2014 season, has become the first prep athlete to win the coveted Corbett Award. The James J. Corbett Award is given annually to Louisiana's top male amateur athlete.
As the winner of the 2013-2014 Corbett Award, Fournette joins notables like Pete Maravich, Bert Jones, and Shaquille O'Neal.
Since the award's inception in 1967, no high schooler had ever won the award until Fournette.
As a senior at St. Augustine High School in New Orleans, Fournette was regarded as the nation’s No. 1 prep player in 2013. He was named the USA Today National Offensive Player of the Year as well as being selected as a member of the All-USA First Team and the prestigious Parade All-America First Team.
The first player in Louisiana history to twice be named the state’s Gatorade Player of the Year, he finished his high school career with 7,619 rushing yards and 88 rushing touchdowns, including 1,792 yards and 16 touchdowns as a senior.
Fournette, who led his team to a 9-2 record and an appearance in the Division I semifinal game as a senior, was also listed as the No. 1 overall prospect in the nation by ESPN.com and Scout.com and was named the 2013 Mr. Football by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association.