While the headline name for 2014 is most certainly St. Augustine running back Leonard Fournette, one of the state's most dynamic, change-of-pace backs appears to be East Ascension rising junior Sione Palelei.
Palelei impressed at LSU's first summer camp
At 5-foot-9, 180 pounds, Palelei broke onto the scene as a sophomore all-purpose back last fall, where he accounted for more than 700 yards and seven touchdowns.
At LSU's first summer session camp in June, Palelei worked out for running backs coach Frank Wilson and stood out from the bunch with his explosiveness in drills.
The current depth chart in Baton Rouge leaves the staff in no rush to add a running back in the 2012 class, meaning the focus shifts to next year and beyond.
With Spencer Ware, Michael Ford and Alfred Blue all entering their junior campaigns, there's a chance the Tigers return the trio for a final year in 2013, and still boast a younger group made up of Kenny Hilliard, Terrance Magee and Jeremy Hill.
Here at home, Fournette is the chief focus in the 2014 class, and U-High running back Nicholas Brossette already holds an offer for the 2015 class.
While Palelei has yet to pick up a verbal offer from the Tigers, he's got the watchful eye of the staff upon him.
Utah has already offered the East Ascension prospect, and heavy interest is also coming from BYU, both hoping to steer Palelei - a member of the LDS community - towards Utah and mission work through his college days.
View highlights of Palelei's 2011 season below: