The Fournette era is coming to an end.

While at St. Augustine High School in New Orleans, Fournette became the first high school freshman to ever receive a scholarship offer from LSU. After ending his high school career by being named Louisiana's Mr. Football in 2013, Fournette joined the LSU program as one of the biggest stars in all of college football recruiting.

Fournette exploded into LSU lore by rushing for over 1,000 yards his Freshman and Sophomore years. This season was a relative disappointment, littered with injuries and under-performances. On Fournette's back, the Tigers came into this season with National Championship hopes, which faded along with his health and consistency.

Then today we get the news that Fournette will be leaving Baton Rouge for the light, glamour, and paychecks of the NFL. Here's more from the Louisiana Radio Network:

"LSU star running back Leonard Fournette made it official today and announced that he will be declaring for the 2017 NFL draft after the Tigers’ bowl game on December 31st. Fournette said he wanted to get it out there now so that there wouldn’t be speculation and distractions while they prepare to face Louisville in the Citrus on New Years Eve. After battling a nagging ankle injury this season, Fournette has totaled 3,830 rushing yards and 40 touchdowns."