If you watch Gage Bourgeois's highlights on film, you'd never believe that he's only been playing football for one year. The talented athlete (6'4, 255) looks like one who has given his life to the game at both the defensive tackle position and at tight end.
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Bourgeois was talked into playing football as a senior at East Acension (Gonzales, LA), and hasn't looked back since.
"My coaches and close friends always have begged me to play football but I just kinda never gave it a shot," Bourgeois told GoldenEaglePride.com yesterday.
"Then, I thought of it being my senior year and gave it a chance. Now, I love it."
He's picked the game up quickly, and has even been a leader on his team since he made the decision before the summer of last year.
"My season has been really good," he said.
"This is my first year of playing football and I'm still learning but I am getting there. I've worked all summer at the tight end position and have loved it. My coaches also have seen some potential at me playing defensive tackle so I worked that out too for a little bit. Now, I'm playing on both sides of the ball.
"Tight end wise, I haven't dropped a ball all year so that is good, and I'm happy my team is continuing to compete so we can keep playing."
Now, he might just get that chance to play at the next level.
"Playing in college has always been a dream of mine as a little kid," he said.
Southern Miss is one of the first teams to take a strong interest in Bourgeois.
"I recently had talked to coach Turner on twitter and he was telling me how he loved my film," he explained. "The tight end coach loved it as well, and they told me they see some potential in filling the tight end spot. He also had told me about my size and that I could always put on more weight to get bigger."
The Golden Eagles have talked with Gage about possibly walking on. "My offer wasn't a scholarship offer but a chance to walk on and prove myself, and maybe earn an offer down the road," he added.
"Southern Miss has been in the generation for a long time. I have an uncle, Reggie Wheat, who played baseball over there. He always tells me how great of a school it is and I feel like I could call Southern Miss home. It is not that far from where I live and I have family that lives in Mississippi too."
In addition to Southern Miss, Bourgeois tells us he's also hearing from Houston, Grambling, West Florida, Central Arkansas and Stephen F. Austin.
He will be visiting Southern Miss for the game against Louisiana Tech.