St. Augustine's Lanard Fournette, younger brother of LSU star Leonard, commits to the Tigers as an athlete _lowres

Advocate Photo by KYLE ENCAR --St. Augustine running back Lanard Fournette (center) looks to get into the end zone for St. Aug's first touchdown with only Shaw defensive back Jaiwon Charles (1) standing in his way at Tad Gormley Stadium in New Orleans on Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014.

St. Augustine senior running back Lanard Fournette, the younger brother of LSU standout Leonard Fournette, will be joining his brother in Baton Rouge.

Fournette confirmed to The Advocate on Saturday that he was offered a scholarship as an athlete and that he committed during his visit to LSU this weekend.

Big brother Leonard sent a congratulatory message on Instgram: “Want to give a shoutout to my brother (Lanard) who became a tiger today welcome to the family.”

Lanard Fournette (5-foot-7 and 190 pounds) played mostly running back for St. Augustine this season, but he battled injuries.

He is rated a three-star recruit by 247Sports. Leonard, who rushed for 1,034 yards and 10 touchdowns as a freshman at LSU this season, was a five-star recruit and considered by many the top player in the Class of 2014.

“I feel like I can go east and west more than he can,” Lanard said in October when asked about the differences between the brothers. “Leonard is more of a north-and-south, downhill back.”

Former St. Aug coach Cyril Crutchfield, who coached both Fournettes, always stressed to Lanard not to try to be his brother.

“The first thing I told Lanard is, ‘You never want to follow someone else’s footsteps,’ ” Crutchfield said in October. “ ‘You want to make your own legacy, and you want to make your own mark.’ That’s what he’s doing. He is a high character kid with a great work ethic.”

Fournette is LSU’s 17th commitment for the Class of 2015. That excludes junior-college defensive back Jeremy Cutrer, who is not enrolling early in January, as had been expected.

Fournette can make his commitment official on National Signing Day on Feb. 4.