Originally posted on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 6/10/13
Leonard Fournette (Photo credit: Rusty Costanza, The Times-Picayune) Michigan Football recruiting is on quite a roll right now. Brady Hoke and his staff currently have the top-ranked class in the country according to ESPN. They made a major splash when the nation’s #2 ranked prospect, Jabrill Peppers, committed to play his college football at Michigan. With Peppers in the fold, other top ranked recruits have taken notice of Michigan’s stellar class. Da’Shawn Hand is considered by the #1 recruit in the country by rivals, #2 by scout and #4 by ESPN. He won’t tip his hand, but many believe Michigan is in his top 2. 5- star running back Leonard Fournette (New Orleans, Louisiana) is ranked the #1 overall recruit in the nation by espn and scout and he has also taken notice of the developments in Ann Arbor. ”You could say that we [top prospects] pay attention to where other guys go,” Fournette told rivals.com ($). “To me, Peppers was a surprise. He surprised everyone. We say we could make a great team. We talk about things in school, how you feel about certain schools, that’s all. He’s told me that whatever school I decide and choose, it’s up to me. Michigan, I like Michigan. School-wise, they’re more focused on grades than football. That’s what I like about them. I think Jabrill made a good choice.” Fournette went on to say that he would like to take an official visit to Michigan in the fall. He hails from the same high school, St Augustine, as former Michigan running back and NFL Pro Bowler, Leroy Hoard. The 6-foot-1, 230 pound Fournette, is generally considered the next Adrian Peterson. As a junior he amassed 2,136 rushing yards and 31 touchdowns. He is also a sprinter on the Purple Knights track team in the 100 meters, 4 X 100 and 4 X 200 relays. Fournette recently won the 100-meter dash at the Louisiana Class 4A track and field regionals with a time of 10.68 seconds. He is a man amongst boys on the grid iron at the high school level. He runs over, around and through the competition. Fournette fits the profile of many Michigan recruits because he is just as impressive off the field as he is on it. ”There’s much more to Leonard Fournette than what you see on the football field,” his coach Cyril Crutchfield told WWLTV. “He’s probably one of the most down to earth young men that you’re ever going to come across. He would add value to your program because he’s a young man with a lot of character and integrity, and that’s what’s going to take him beyond football.” Fournette, who plans to announce his decision at the Under Armour All-American game in January, has already visited Alabama, LSU, Florida State and Texas. News and notes 4-star receiver Artavis Scott (Tarpon Springs, Florida) is planning to visit Michigan in July. He is the teammate of Michigan commit Mason Cole. 4-star defensive end Malik McDowell told rivals that Michigan was his favorite. 4-star offensive tackle Jamarco Jones will announce on June 27th. His final four schools are Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State and Notre Dame. If you would like to receive an email notification each time a Michigan Football and/or Basketball story is posted you can fill out the Email Notification Form. You can follow me on twitter @isportsRob

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