Crowley's Davante Bourque has change of heart

CROWLEY – Davante Bourque’s ability to cut on a dime and elude the opposition was one of the main reasons Texas A&M recruited the four-star athlete from Crowley High.

Unfortunately for the Aggies, the Class AAA All-State running back had one move they hadn’t seen.

Bourque, who had been attending the LSU football camp earlier this week, dodged the verbal commitment he had made to the Aggies last month and issued one instead to Les Miles and the Tigers.

“I went to A&M’s camp on June 5 and it just didn’t feel like it did when I first went there,” Bourque said Thursday. “Then, on Tuesday, I went to LSU’s camp and I saw a lot of people that I knew. That kind of made me think. It just made me feel like LSU is where I needed to be.”

Bourque’s camp experience was a major factor in his abrupt change of direction, but it was his meetings with Miles that really sold him on the Tigers.

“He (Miles) just told me that they were going to stay on me and make sure that I get my degree and that means a lot,” said Bourque. “Every time he speaks to me, he makes me feel like I’m special.”

One rumor thrown around on web sites had Bourque originally committing to A&M because the Aggies recruited him at running back while LSU projected him as a receiver.

Bourque said that rumor is false.

“That was really just a big misunderstanding,” he said. “My first Elite Gameday at LSU, you go to your position meetings and I went to the wide receiver meeting. The only reason I did that was because all the websites had me listed as a receiver so I thought that’s where they wanted me.”

Bourque said he undoubtedly will catch a few passes at LSU, but he said the Tigers are recruiting him at running back.

Running backs coach Frank Wilson made sure Bourque was aware of that in a meeting the two had prior to his commitment.

“It was important to me because he was showing me how they were going to use me in their offense,” said Bourque. “Basically, the kind offense that they run is similar to the kind of plays that I run at Crowley High. So I can kind of catch on to that quick because I’m kind of familiar with that offense.”

Another selling point is that fact that LSU offered and received a commitment from Breaux Bridge standout Kavahra Holmes, who just so happens to be Bourque’s first cousin.

“Being first cousins, we’re pretty close,” said Bourque. “And growing up, we used to always talk about playing together and going to the same college and now’s our chance.

“But that’s not the only reason I decided to come here. I have a lot of family at home and coming here allows me to be close to them.”

Bourque (6-foot-3, 200) ran for 2,084 yards and 33 touchdowns during his junior campaign in which he was named to the Class AAA All-State team. As a sophomore, he was an Class A All-State selection at Gueydan.

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