Alabama has been so dominant in recent years that recruits have been choosing other schools simply to differentiate themselves from the pack.
Like free agent baseball stars who can’t stand the thought of wearing Yankees pinstripes, these highly-touted players often wind up in Athens, Gainesville or Baton Rouge to get away from Nick Saban’s “Process.”
Leonard Fournette chose the latter, and now he’s the Heisman favorite after piling up 1,352 yards and 15 touchdowns through seven games for LSU.
“Everybody kept going to Alabama, ‘Bama, ‘Bama,” Fournette said (via AL.com‘s John Talty). “Why not be different? Why not create your own legacy? That’s what I decided to do.”
Alabama offensive lineman Cam Robinson was a Louisiana kid who came to Tuscaloosa. Upon hearing Fournette’s comments this week, he had a simple response.
“I’m 1-0 against LSU, so it doesn’t bother me too much,” Robinson said. “He wanted to go to LSU; I wanted to go to Alabama. That’s just what he did.”
The two teams kick off at 8 p.m. ET (CBS) on Saturday night.