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THE WINNER: Leonard Fournette
School: St. Augustine (New Orleans, La.)
Position: Running back
Weight: 232 pounds
Athletic achievement: He rushed for 2,155 yards and 34 touchdowns on 203 carries, averaging 10.6 yards per carry this past season, leading the Purple Knights (9-4) to the Class 4A state quarterfinals. Fournette also caught 25 passes for 457 yards and four touchdowns and returned two kickoffs for scores. A two-time New Orleans Times-Picayune Player of the Week, he is the No. 6-rated recruit in the Class of 2013 by Scout.com.
Academic excellence: Fournette has maintained a B average in the classroom.
Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally as part of multiple community service initiatives in association with his church youth group.
“Leonard Fournette is truly a one-man wrecking crew,” said Barry Wilson, head coach of Holy Cross (New Orleans, La.). “He is the best football player in the state of Louisiana, bar none. He is big, fast and has tremendous balance when he runs the ball. I know I have not seen a better football player in the New Orleans area during my time here at Holy Cross.”
THE FUTURE: Fournette will begin his senior year of high school next fall.