Leonard Fournette named NHSCA National Football Player of the Year

by Jeff Fisher

Leonard Fournette of St. Augustine High School in New Orleans, Louisiana has been named the National High School Coaches Association‘s Senior National Football Player of the Year.

Fournette, who will play college football at LSU, was the Times-Picayune All-Metro Player of the Year in 2013. The 6-1, 225 pound running back, amassed 3,697 all-purpose yards during his senior season and 25 touchdowns. Fournette, who was considered a 5-star recruit, rushed for 1,802 yards and 17 touchdowns. He also caught 45 passes for 745 yards and six scores, plus he threw touchdown passes as a Wildcat-formation quarterback.

Fournette, who carried a B average in the classroom, was named the Gatorade Louisiana Player of the Year as a junior and a senior.  He was also named USA Today’s Player of the Year in 2013, plus he made the MaxPreps.com’s All-American team.

Below are past NHSCA winners in football.

2013- Derrick Henry – Yulee HS, Florida

2012 – Jonathan Gray – Aledo HS, Texas

2011 – Johnny Manziel – Tivy HS, Texas

2010 – Seantrel Henderson – Cretin-Derham Hall, Minnesota

2009 – Garrett Gilbert – Lake Travis HS, Texas

2008 – Terrell Pryor – Jeannette HS, Pennsylvania

2007 – John Brantley – Trinity Catholic HS, Florida

2006 – John Dergo – Morris HS, Illinois

2005 – Greg Paulus – Christian Brothers Academy, New York

2004 – Jeff Byers – Loveland HS, Colorado

2003 – Austin Scott – Parkland HS, Pennsylvania

2002 – Lorenzo Booker – St. Bonaventure HS, California

2001 – Tyler Bell – Ventura HS, California

2000 – David Beck – Lockport HS, New York

About the Author

Jeff Fisher
Jeff is an award-winning journalist and expert in the field of high school sports, underscored with his appearance on CNBC in 2010 to talk about the big business of high school football in America. Jeff turned to his passion for high school football into an entrepreneurial venture called High School Football America, a digital media company focused on producing original high school sports content for radio, television and the internet. Jeff is co-founder and editor-in-chief of High School Football America, which is a media partner with USA TODAY High School Sports.