LSU running back Leonard Fournette is following in the footsteps of Dez Bryant, Robinson Cano, Kevin Durant, and a bunch of other pro athletes, by signing a deal with Roc Nation Sports, the agency/management company founded by Jay-Z back in 2013. Fournette, a former consensus All-American, announced the move from his Twitter account on Monday morning:
Despite the fact that running backs are pretty much interchangeable these days, and thus there is very little incentive to select them early in the NFL Draft, Fournette is still unanimously viewed as a first round pick by every mock draft out there. Because of this, Fournette has decided to forego LSU's New Year's Eve bowl game against Louisville to focus on prepping for his transition to the pros. He is going to start training in the hopes that he can improve his draft stock even more.
In seven games during the 2016 season, Fournette—who battled a series of nagging injuries—had 129 carries for 843 yards and eight touchdowns. In his LSU career, the 21-year-old had 616 carries for 3,830 yards and 40 touchdowns. In 2015, he set a school single-season rushing records for yards and touchdowns. As a high school senior, he was named USA TODAY High School Offensive Player of the Year, and after he graduated in 2014, Fournette was named the top recruit in the country by 247 Sports, ESPN and CBS.
Fournette is already one of the most recognizable players in the 2017 NFL Draft class, and his affiliation with Roc Nation Sports should only help get his name and face out there even more.