Student Story: What is the best option for Leonard Fournette?
By Prince-Ashdod Jones
New Orleans, LA–– He will soon become a millionaire, he has a billboard near the St. Charles Avenue ramp exit. If you Google his name, you’ll see many links to stories about Leonard Fournette’s most recent endorsement deals, his LSU statistics, and ESPN experts debating where the 2014 St. Augustine graduate will suit up as a professional football player.
Draft predictions are high. Speculation swirls around the possibility of Fournette staying in New Orleans or going as far away as New York. “I heard he might be going to the Jets,” said Cordie Johnson, senior St. Augustine football team linebacker.
The big question is, “what is the best team for him?” Fournette ended his college career at LSU with 3,830 yards and 40 touchdowns.
CBS Sports NFL mock draft unofficial experts list Fournette as high as the eighth pick drafted by Carolina Panthers. Various sports networks predict the former Purple Knight powerhouse going sixth or eighth in the draft.
The top three teams that stay in the conversations on television, social media and at school are the Chargers, Jets, and Panthers. St. Augustine football players are debating the best spot for Fournette. Student Derrick Steward said, “He would be a good fit on the Panthers team because he (Fournette) can help the running game and he already has something in common with Cam Newton.” “Both are signed to Under Armour,” Steward added.
Another student, Ricky Amos, wants him to go to San Francisco because he likes the team colors.
In February, Fournette came back to his alma mater to thank and reward teachers who made an impact on his life. He promised Coach Payne, Coach Dixon and Mr. Pannel an all expense paid trip to see him play in the NFL.
For one football player, it seems Fournette’s next move is another example what’s possible if you stay dedicated in the game you love. “I got to play with him as freshmen and seeing his progress from high school to college is definitely motivating,” said Justice McCoy, quarterback. senior.
St. Augustine High School is hosting an NFL 2017 Draft Watch Party on Thursday, April 27, as part of the 2017 NFL Draft viewing experience. Purple Knight running back, Leonard Fournette class of 2014, is projected by many to be a top-10 selection.
Fans are invited to cheer Fournette on at The Original Italian Pie on Paris Ave., beginning with a pre-draft commentary and possible appearances by former St. Aug football coaches at 6 p.m. Celebrity host for the evening is Dineaux Hanson Class of 1987, Old School 106.7 New Orleans & ESPN New Orleans of The Sports Hangover with Gus Kattengell. Dineaux will be joined by Ro Brown, of Sports Nola, host of Countdown to Ken Trahan’s Original Prep Football Report’ on WGSO-AM, and Sports Director at WBOK-AM in New Orleans to provide color commentary and analysis of the draft.
The celebration will continue with a viewing of the live coverage of the first day of NFL Draft beginning at 7 p.m.
Official St. Augustine NFL 2017 Draft Watch Party
Thursday, April 27, 2017
The Original Italian Pie
4706 Paris Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70122