Crowley's Bourque de-commits from LSU
CROWLEY – Davante Bourque isn’t going to be an LSU Tiger after all.
Crowley High’s talented running back who was once considered a solid commitment for LSU, reversed his field for the second time in seven months and withdrew his pledge to the Tigers.
In June, Bourque, rated the No. 4 prospect in Louisiana by Rivals.com and No. 14 by ESPNU, withdrew a previous pledge to Texas A&M.
“Davante just felt it was best to go somewhere else,” said Bourque’s father, Kirk Landry, in explaining the sudden change. “He’s not upset or anything with LSU. It’s just a numbers game.”
The numbers which Landry was referring dealt with the running back position at LSU, where the Tigers have six sophomore and freshmen already in place. Former Redemptorist standout Jeremy Hill is also expected to be a member of 2012 class.
That deep and young stable of running backs has played a key role in the Tigers’ reaching the BCS title game on Monday against Alabama .
Sophomores Michael Ford (123-755, 7 TDs) and Spencer Ware (174-700, 8 TDs) are the team’s leading rushers followed by sophomore Alfred Blue (78-539, 7 TDs) and the late-season emergence of true freshman Kenny Hilliard (57-320, 8 TDs). True freshman Terrence Magee has also showed flashes of brilliance and played in five games this season
“Davante’s not scared of any competition, but it’s all about being smart,” said Landry. “He said he’s going to college to get his education and have a good time playing sports. He didn’t think he’d have any fun sharing time with all those backs.
“He knows he won’t carry the ball in someone’s offense every down. I know in certain packages they’re going to ask him to get in the slot or play wide receiver; that’s part of the game. But he said he’s not going to anyone’s program just to play wide receiver.”
Landry says that the decision to pull his commitment was his son’s alone and he understands and supports that decision.
“I would have loved to drive 50 or 60 miles down the road to watch him play, but it’s not my decision to make,” said Landry. “I never told Davante where to go to school. If he asks me for advice, I’ll give it to him but, ultimately, it’s his decision.
“He came to me and said he thought he made the wrong decision. He said they told him some things just to get him to commit to them and now it isn’t that. He said that he’s not going to sign on National Signing Day just to make the state of Louisiana happy and make himself miserable.”
Bourque’s de-commitment opens the door for a number of other teams, including Ole Miss, which made him an offer Wednesday night.
Also in the mix are Nebraska, which made an in-house visit on Thursday, Tennessee, Arizona State and Miami. Tennessee made a house call this morning and Arizona State will be in town Saturday. Miami will come calling early next week.
“Right now, Davante is kind of up in the air on where he wants to go,” said Landry. “If I had to guess, I would think that Tennessee is high on his list because he really wants to play in the SEC. But I really don’t know. Like I said, it’s his decision to make.”
Bourque (6-2, 205) finished the 2011 season with 1,342 yards and 17 touchdowns, giving him well over 3,000 yards in his two-year stint with the Gents after transferring from Gueydan prior to the 2009 season.
Bourque has withdrawn from Crowley High and will finish up his high school career at The Education Center, a private high school in Jackson, Miss.
“Davante took Spanish I over there (The Education Center) over the summer and Crowley High was supposed to have Spanish II but they didn’t offer it and that’s a core class that he needs,” said Landry. “And we were going to just go up there a couple times during the week so he could get that in, but we decided the best thing to do was to drop out of Crowley High and take all of the classes over there.”