Tag:Davante Bourque
Posted on: January 16, 2012 10:34 am
 

Vols add big defensive tackle and speedy athlete

Posted by Bryan Fischer

It was a productive weekend for Tennessee despite some coaching uncertainty as the program added two players who are complete opposites in terms of what they do on the field with pledges from speedy Crowley (La.) athlete Davante Bourque and mammoth Milledgeville (Ga.) junior college defensive tackle Daniel McCullers.

“They were the first one to offer me, so that was a big thing to me,” McCullers told GoVols247.com. “When they came up here, we talked. We had a good time. They’re real down-to-earth, the whole coaching staff. The new D-coordinator (Sal Sunseri), I know him from Alabama."

In addition to the Vols and Crimson Tide, Peters - all of 6-foot-6, 380-pounds - also held an offer from N.C. State and was drawing interest from several other programs. He will team up with the 6-foot-2, 200-pound Bourque, who previously was committed to Texas A&M and LSU before settling on Tennessee after an official visit and close ties with the current staff.

“Coach (Terry) Joseph and I have developed a really good relationship,” Bourque told InsideTennessee.com. “He is my main recruiter and he is a Louisiana guy so that has made things easier. He has been to the house a couple of time for visits and we sat down on the couch and had some gumbo.”

The pair gives the program a total of 20 commitments for the class of 2012. Bourque is ranked as the 20th best athlete in the class by Maxpreps.
Posted on: August 9, 2011 10:10 am
 

Halfway to Signing Day: SEC Edition

Posted by Bryan Fischer

We're right about halfway to Signing Day and that means it is time to take a look at the SEC and see how the conference is shaping up on the recruiting trail. Here's a few accolades for a few of the programs who are making head way (or not) at this point in August.

SEC
Commitment List

Best class: Vanderbilt

Georgia. Florida. Alabama. National Champion Auburn... nope Vanderbilt has the best recruiting class in the SEC, maybe not by the total talent they are bringing in but by the quality of athletes they've managed to get in 2012 compared to past years. The job head coach James Franklin has done at a school that generally finishes last in the SEC recruiting rankings has been nothing short of amazing - especially when you consider he hasn't even coached a game as a head coach, much less at Vandy.

Work left to do: Tennessee

The Volunteers have really built up some momentum with a great month of July but they need to make sure they sustain it. This class was amongst the smallest in the country a few weeks ago and while it has grown, there's no impact, top flight player that we're used to seeing Tennessee get. There's plenty of needs to fill and players to recruit so it's up to Derek Dooley and staff to close strong this year.

Under the radar class: LSU

For a top 10 class, you sure don't hear much about the Tigers' class of 2012. Build largely on in-state talent, Les Miles and staff have done a great job of targeting athletic players who are fast and quick no matter what position they play. Davante Bourque and Torshiro Davis are among the names you'll likely hear more of once they start their senior seasons and linebacker Trey Granier is a big-time pick up who could play early on defense or special teams.

Top commit: Offensive tackle John Theus (Jacksonville, Fla.), committed to Georgia.

Loading up: Kentucky on offensive linemen (5), Vanderbilt on defensive ends (5), South Carolina on wide receivers (4).

Frequent Fliers: Auburn with commitments from eight states.

Fence builders: LSU, 14 of the school's 18 commitments are from Louisiana.

Road to Signing Day storyline: Who finishes on top in the conference?

If you look at the top 25 team standings (below), you'll see a list littered with SEC teams. The only question is who will finish on top come February. Florida is on top at the moment but that could certainly change. Alabama has missed out on a few top recruits but is still in it with several top 100 prospects. Auburn could move ahead of their rival if players such as corner Geno Smith select the Tigers over the Tide. Either way, should be a fun six months until Signing Day

Top 25 Teams:
3. Florida
7. Alabama
9. LSU
10. Auburn
12. South Carolina
20. Georgia
23. Vanderbilt


Posted on: May 5, 2011 2:29 pm
 

Aggies add another running back

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Texas A&M wanted to capitalize on the success of their 2011 season with the class of 2012. No one thought Mike Sherman and company would capitalize so soon however, as the Aggies added their 19th commitment in Crowley (La.) running back Davante Bourque on Wednesday.

“I felt it was the right time (to commit),” Bourque told Scout. “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 6-foot-2, 200 pound running back is a terror on the field but several schools were scarred off due to academic issues early in the recruiting process. Bourque has been working daily towards qualifying and appears to be on track to enroll next year.

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

Bourque rushed for 2,326 yards and 40 touchdowns as a junior. He has reportedly runs a 4.4 40-yard dash to go along with a pair of good hands out of the backfield. LSU offered him as a wide receiver while other schools are recruiting him as an athlete or running back.

Bourque becomes the third Aggie commitment to hail from Louisiana in the class of 2012 and is the second running back in the class.

 
 
 
 
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