Moving On Up

Davante' Bourque is making the move from Class A Gueydan to 3A Crowley High and the Class of 2012 running back is ready to make a big splash on a bigger stage this fall. Bourque, who scored more points than any football player in Louisiana last year, intends on making an SMU camp later this summer.

Most football stars love to talk about their accomplishments. It's human nature. However, Class of 2012 standout Davante' Bourque is not your typical football star. Last season, Bourque was honored as a sophomore All-American by one publication, but the 6-foot-2, 200-pound running back simply shrugs it off.

"It's really nothing," said Bourque, when asked about the accolade.

The soft-spoken, unassuming young man is simply focused on the task at hand each day. When asked about personal goals for the 2010 season, Bourque said that he has no individual milestones in mind.

"My goal is to win a state championship," Bourque said. "I'm going to football workouts on Monday through Thursday each week. On Mondays, we lift weights - doing squats, bench press, and power cleans. On other days, we do stretching and running. We've been running a bunch of 40-yard dashes, in order to lower our 40 time.

"Next week, we start 7-on-7 against (crosstown rival) Notre Dame. My plans are to make the Texas A&M and SMU camps later this summer. I'm also playing AAU basketball, but I've thought about quitting that - in order to concentrate on football. Last year, our AAU team (Southwest Louisiana Hoops) won the national championship in the 16-17 age division."

Bourque, who says that he runs in the 4.5 range, scored more points last year than any other football player in Louisiana - and he rarely, if ever, came off the field.

"It was tiring," he said. "I would break a long run and then turn around and play defense on the next series. It was a lot of running - with punt and kick returns too."

While Bourque made all-state as both a freshman and a sophomore for Class A Gueydan, his father (Kirk Landry) said that his son has some critics.

"There's some people who think he'll fail in 3A," said Landry. "They say that they've seen him get caught from behind on some plays, but he got worn down last year. He would score on a 60-yard run, then turn around (on defense) and have to chase somebody down on a 60-yard play.

"I tell people that football is football, no matter what classification. He's played against top players, top recruits, in AAU basketball and succeeded."

Landry, who said that his son is looking for a school with good academics, wants to get over to Texas for a couple of camps this summer.

"I wanted to bring Davante' to SMU camp this weekend, but I play (keyboards and bass) in a band and we're performing in Selma, Alabama, this weekend. I'm going to try and bring him to camps at Texas A&M and SMU later this summer.

"Some schools are looking at him as a wide receiver, but I think he likes running back. He got a taste of running back last year and he likes it. Many people are projecting him as a wide receiver because of his height. He's already 6-foot-2 and it looks like he may get taller. His grandfather is 6-foot-4 or 6-foot-5 and he has an uncle who is 6-foot-6."

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