Born and raised in New Orleans, LA, Fournette attended St. Augustine High School. A four-year starter and one of the most decorated prospects in Louisiana high school football history, Fournette committed to nearby Louisiana State University.
Fournette put together a historic sophomore campaign at LSU, becoming just the 10th player in FBS history to record 1,000 rushing yards by the fifth game of the season and finishing sixth in Heisman voting. Following a successful junior campaign, Fournette announced his intention to declare for the NFL Draft on December 5th, 2016.
Fournette has shined off the field, as well— in 2015, he earned the SEC Sportsmanship Award for his support for the victims of the South Carolina flooding. His brother, Lanard, is a freshman redshirt running back for Louisiana State.
In December of 2016, Fournette signed with Roc Nation Sports ahead of the 2017 NFL Draft.