Leonard Fournette to declare for 2017 NFL Draft

One of the most talented running backs in college football is set to go pro.

On Monday, LSU star Leonard Fournette sent out a lengthy statement on social media to announce he will be declaring for the 2017 NFL Draft. Fournette’s final game in a Tigers uniform will come on Saturday, Dec. 31 against the Louisville Cardinals in the Citrus Bowl at Camping World Stadium in Orlando.

“I am thankful that you all have been there through the good, bad, ups and downs,” Fournette wrote. “I am thankful for my coaches who have helped me to grow into my full potential. I am thankful for my teammates who have been on that field with me through victories and defeats. I am thanksful for Coach O stepping in this season, and I wish him well as he officially takes over as Head Coach of the LSU Football team. I am thankful for the entire football staff and support group. I am thankful, so it is bittersweet that I must also say goodbye.”

Fournette’s final season was plagued by multiple injuries, limiting the junior to just 843 yards and eight touchdowns on 129 carries. In his career, Fournette carried the ball 616 times for 3,830 yards and 40 scores.

You can expect to hear Fournette’s name called very early in the 2017 draft.

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Photo Credit: LSU Football, Twitter

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