Davante Bourque commits to Tennessee

CROWLEY – After backing out of his two previous commitments, first to Texas A&M and then LSU, it seems that former Crowley High running back Davante Bourque has made up his mind - for now anyway.

After pulling his pledge from LSU two weeks ago, Bourque gave a verbal commitment to Tennessee after an official visit to Knoxville last weekend.

But that hasn’t scared off some of the other schools who are vying for the 6-foot-3, 205-pound four-star prospect’s services.

Recently, both Miami running backs coach Terry Richardson and Illinois offensive coordinator Billy Gonzales were in town to speak with Bourque.

“Coach Richardson said they know Davante committed to Tennessee, but they still want him,” said Bourque’s father Kirk Landry. “Coach Richardson had already set up a visit before Davante committed and he said he had to get over here for sure now.

“He showed Davante all the backs that have come through and played under him and gone to the league (NFL). He talked about backs from Connecticut, where he coach previously, and Lamar Miller from Miami, who is leaving for the NFL. He also talked about some Miami backs from the past like Willis McGahee.”

Richardson finished his visit with both praise and words of advice for Bourque, who is rated as the nation’s No. 14 athlete by Rivals.com. Another online recruiting site, 247sports.com has Bourque listed as the nation’s seventh-ranked all-purpose back.

“He told Davante not to let anyone fool him,” said Landry. “He said it’s not a sales pitch; that they wouldn’t be coming at him like this if he wasn’t one of the top running backs in the country.

“He said they see the three and four stars beside a player’s name, but what they look at is a player’s film, and the No. 1 back in the nation looks no different than Davante’ on film.

“Coach Richardson said he knows he can make Davante’s dreams come true with what he can do as a running backs coach.”

Bourque plans to make an official visit to Miami this weekend and he will room with Hurricane commitment and former Carencro defensive tackle Jacoby Briscoe.

Gonzales, who recently left LSU where he was a wide receivers coach to take the offensive coordinator position at Illinois, also stopped in to visit with Bourque.

“Coach Gonzales called Brick (LSU coach Brick Haley) and asked about Davante,” said Landry. “He saw that Davante committed, but he was already coming through the area and wanted to let him know that they’d take him in a heartbeat if he was interested in Illinois or wanted to take a trip to check out the campus.”

In addition to that visit, Bourque is expected to meet with Nebraska coaches Bo Pelini and Corey Raymond by the week’s end.

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