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Monday, July 1, 2013
Fournette staying focused at The Opening

By Derek Tyson

BEAVERTON, Ore. -- Five-star running back Leonard Fournette (New Orleans, La./St. Augustine) is the nation's No. 1-ranked player.

The 6-foot-1, 232-pound athlete thinks he performed well at the first day of The Opening.

"I feel like I'm doing great," Fournette said. "As far as the 7-on-7 they focus on the wide receivers so the running backs don't really get the ball much, but hopefully tomorrow we will start getting it more."

The Under Armour All-American is being recruited by just about every school in the country, but Fournette said there are two that are standing out.

"There are more schools out there, I know Alabama and LSU are the top schools right now," Fournette said. "As far as the players stand point, its what I want, not what every body else thinks. I just want to take my visits and see what schools I want to commit to.

Fournette said there are several key positive factors that both schools have in common.

"Both Alabama and LSU together, they have great people there," he said. "As far as the coaches, I love being around them and the people around there. They are friendly, humorous and just like having fun like I do.

"I have speed, I have power and I can catch. Both of their offenses have plays for what I do best. I just have to look at each opportunity."

Being surrounded by 161 of the best players from all over the country, Fournette said there are recruits trying to persuade him to go to their schools. But Fournette admits he doesn't pay attention to other sales pitches.

"A lot of different players are telling me to come take a visit to their school, but I don't really listen much to that," Fournette said.

Fournette plans to make his decision at the Under Armour game.