Aggies Land Louisiana Running Back

The Texas Aggie football staff continues reeling in talent from the state of Louisiana. With a big need for running backs in the 2012 class, Texas A&M landed one of the most productive runners in the bayou state. Aggie Websider's David Sandhop interviewed Texas A&M's newest addition at running back

Texas A&M dipped into Louisiana for the third time in the Class of 2012, picking up a commitment from Crowley (LA) running back Davante Bourque Wednesday night. The 6-foot-2, 205-pound athlete phoned his recruiting coach Jim Turner to give him the good news.

"I felt it was the right time (to commit)," Bourque said. "The coaching staff stayed with me and showed me love the whole time. When some schools questioned my academics, the A&M staff didn't back off and understood my situation. Plus, everybody there is so helpful and like a family. Everybody says ‘Howdy' there and makes you feel comfortable. I also fit into their offense."

The issue of academics has to do with his slow start in his early years in high school. Bourque's father acknowledged that his son was lazy and fell behind in his coursework during his first two years of high school. But that all changed last year with a change of setting and a move to Crowley.

"Davante fell behind and wasn't in a good environment," father Kirk Landry said. "So Davante came to live with me and we've been working hard to get caught up. It's been a long road and a lot of early mornings, but he's now on pace to have all his coursework complete by the end of his senior year."

It hasn't been easy. Davante and his dad wake up every morning at 5:00 AM to get to school so he can take an extra class before the regular school day. His hard work will continue with summer school classes.

"It's been a challenge, but I know that if I don't do this then I won't get a scholarship," Bourque said. "I'm used to it. I have to do it to graduate and reach my goals of going to college."

Nobody questions what Bourque can do on the football field. In 2010 alone, the Crowley running back rushed for 2,326 yards and scored 40 touchdowns. He credits his combination of power and 4.48 forty speed for his success in the backfield.

"I think I have good foot work. I have the quickness and speed to make defenders miss and take it the distance," Bourque said. "But I can also run with power, break tackles and force defenses to gang tackle me."

Bourque had been offered by Pittsburgh, Southern Miss, and Texas A&M along with several in-state schools including LSU as a wide receiver. However, Bourque feels his future is at the running back spot.

"I'm a running back and that's where I want to play at the next level," said Bourque. With Texas A&M thin in the backfield and graduating senior Cyrus Gray after the 2011 season, the Aggies will need the blue chip athlete making plays with his feet and not his hands.

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