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THE WINNER: Leonard Fournette
School: St. Augustine (New Orleans, La.)
Weight: 232 pounds
Athletic achievement: The state’s returning Gatorade Football Player of the Year, he rushed for 1,792 yards and 16 touchdowns on 194 carries this past season, leading the Purple Knights (9-2) to the Division I state semifinals. Fournette also caught 45 passes for 745 yards and six scores, and as a Wildcat quarterback, he passed for 322 yards and two scores, completing 21-of-32 attempts. The top-ranked recruit in the Class of 2014 by ESPN.com and Scout.com, Fournette is an Under Armour All-American selection and the 2012 District 10-4A Offensive Player of the Year.
Academic excellence: Fournette has maintained a B average.
Exemplary character: He has volunteered for the North Shore Living Center, a local nursing home.
“Having been on these sidelines for the past 30-plus years as a ball boy, player and coach, I can say that Leonard Fournette is one of the most gifted high school football players I have ever had the privilege to see play,” said Greg Salter, head coach of Covington (La.). “Everyone knows how big, how strong and how fast Leonard is. What truly makes him special is his dedication and commitment to his teammates and his school.”
THE FUTURE: Fournette remains undecided upon a collegiate destination.