Bourque's a Force

Davante' Bourque is one of the top junior prospects in the nation and he's off to a fantastic start in the early-going of the 2010 season. Which schools are showing interest in the tall RB, who harkens comparisons to former SMU great Eric Dickerson.

"I'm doing good," said Crowley junior RB Davante' Bourque in his typical understated fashion, when asked how his season is progressing.

Bourque is doing well, indeed, having terrorized Erath's defense to the tune of 143 yards on only five carries in a preseason jamboree two weeks ago.

Last Friday, the long-striding junior continued to chew up the yardage with his seemingly-effortless running-style, gaining 110 yards on 15 carries with two TDs. In addition, he caught four passes for 39 yards and tacked on another 73 return yards for 3A Crowley, which took an early lead before eventually succumbing by seven points to highly-ranked 4A Jennings.

"In the first-half of the jamboree, I had a few more good runs that were called back by holding penalties," he said. "I was a little banged up at the half - with a hip injury - and our running backs coach wanted me to sit out the second half, but I don't like sitting out and the head coach said I could play.

"Against Jennings, I scored the first two TDs of the game and we had the lead, but in the second-half, our defense wasn't able to shut them down. They have a good running game, with a fast QB and two good backs, and they came back to win.

"This week, we play Abbeville and they're big on defense, but they don't have great speed on the outside. Our quarterback, D'Myrus Daniels, is out for the year with an ACL tear, but our backup is experienced. He (the backup) started the jamboree game."

College recruiters are starting to flood the mailbox at Bourque's house.

"I've gotten six letters from LSU in the past two weeks, as well as letters from Penn State, Notre Dame, Texas A&M, UCLA, Louisville, Central Arkansas, and Minnesota."

According to Bourque's father, Kirk Landry, the junior sees similarities when he watches former SMU great Eric Dickerson run the football. To date, Bourque hasn't received interest from SMU, although Landry has stated in the past that his son would like to hear from the Mustangs.

Landry had hoped to bring Bourque to an SMU camp over the summer, but it didn't work out time-wise, due to Bourque's hectic AAU basketball schedule.


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