Crowley's Bourque commits to Texas A&M
CROWLEY – There will be no drama in the recruiting of Crowley High All-State running back Davante Bourque.
Bourque made sure of that recently when he issued a verbal commitment to continue his football career after high school at Texas A&M.
That commitment ended what was expected to be an intense recruiting war between many of the nation's top teams before it even got started.
The Universtiy of Tennessee was the first school to make an offer last fall. The Vols' offer was followed by ones from Arkansas, A&M, Vanderbilt, Pittsburgh, Houston, Illinois, UL-Lafayette, Houston and LSU.
In the end, the Aggies won out.
"Texas A&M has been my frontrunner for a while,” said Bourque. “I just fell in love with the school when I went up there. It’s just the attention that they give you when you walk on the campus, from the head coach on down. From the first time I was there, I just got that vibe.
“For a while, I’ve been thinking that (A&M) is the school I wanted to go to and I finally made my mind up.”
LSU, which beat A&M in January in the 75th Annual Cotton Bowl, was in the running for Bourque’s services but Les Miles and the Tigers fell just short.
“It was a tough decision between Texas A&M and LSU,” said Bourque. “When the recruiting process first started, I was thinking that I didn’t want to be too far from home. It was kind of like a race between A&M and LSU. But I fell in love with Texas A&M.”
Bourque said he is relieved that he made his decision and committed since the recruiting process was a little more hectic than he expected.
“It was crazy,” said Bourque. “One minute I’m on the phone with a coach from Pittsburgh and I got LSU beeping in. Every time I’m on the phone with somebody, I have another long distance call coming in. It was wild. It gets to a point where it gets confusing, but I didn’t really stress too much.”
Bourque’s commitment is verbal and not binding. But he said nothing will sway his decision between now and National Signing Day on February 1, 2012.
“I will not decommit or anything like that,” said Bourque. “I committed and that’s where I am going to go. There’s no doubt about it, that’s where I’m going.”
Bourque helped lead the Crowley Gents to the second round of the Class AAA playoffs during his junior season. He finished the year with 2,316 yards and 36 touchdowns on 221 carries and also hauled in 15 passes for 199 yards and two touchdowns. The all-purpose athlete also returned 11 kickoffs for 395 yards, including two for touchdowns that both went for over 90 yards.
Bourque earned the Offensive MVP award on both the 5-AAA All District team and the All-Acadia Parish team and was named to the athlete position on the Class AAA All-State first team.