Bourque a Big Name in the Class of 2012

Class of 2012 running back Davante' Bourque (Crowley, La.) had an amazing year as a sophomore and colleges are taking notice. A high school sophomore All-American, what is the SMU connection? Come inside for the details!

Davante' Bourque scored more points last year than any player in Louisiana and that was as a sophomore. The 6-foot-2, 200-pound running back rushed for more than 2,000 yards through 12 games in 2009 and was named Class A Offensive Player of the Year. He added 240 more yards receiving with three TDs.

Bourque, who has transferred from Gueydan High School to 3A Crowley High, ran absolutely wild in a pivotal district game last season vs. Central Catholic (Morgan City, La.). In that contest, Bourque ran for 375 yards and five TDs on 26 carries, as his team prevailed in a 56-46 shootout.

"I was getting better each week, leading up to that game," said Bourque. "Our fullback gave me the right blocks that night and I was able to hit the correct holes."

Bourque accounted for an astounding 38 points -- five TDs and four two-point conversions -- vs. Central Catholic. During the regular season, Bourque converted 18 two-point conversions for Gueydan, which finished the year 10-2.

This spring, Bourque made the transition from the Bears' Wing-T offense to the spread offense favored by Crowley

"I played some running back and some wide receiver this spring," he said. "I also got some reps at strong safety in the scrimmage last week. I had a few good runs in the scrimmage and I scored on a 65-yard run. We're looking good. Our numbers were low at first, because we had some guys who were out because they qualified for the state track meet."

Bourque was named first-team all-state return specialist as a freshman, returning six punts and six kickoffs for touchdowns. He also averaged 19 points per game on the basketball court as a freshman.

Kirk Landry, Bourque's father, said that SMU sparked his son's interest when the two were watching old clips of another tall running back - former Mustang great Eric Dickerson - running the football. Landry said that several schools have expressed interest in his son, including LSU, Texas A&M, Alabama, and Iowa.

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