Nebraska RBs coach Ron Brown made the trip to south Louisiana Thursday afternoon for an in-home…
Bourque: Trio of In-Home Visits Today
"Ole Miss came this morning," said Kirk Landry, father of senior running back Davante' Bourque. "Davante' fell in love with Coach (Hugh) Freeze. They need a back right now. Ole Miss has several backs but they're smaller guys. "(Coach Freeze) said Davante' is an SEC running back. He said he didn't come there to talk about Kenny Hilliard or Jeremy Hill, but he said Davante' is the complete package." Coaches Derek Dooley and Terry Joseph were the next visitors. "It's strange," said Landry. "A long time ago, Tennessee was Davante's first offer. Coach (Lewis) Cook (at Notre Dame of Crowley) is like my daddy, and he told me that Dooley is a straight-up guy. Coach Cook said I would know it from the first minute I met Dooley. "Coach Joseph wanted some gumbo, so we cooked some chicken and sausage gumbo. We were laughing at Coach Dooley because he just went and grabbed his food. Coach Dooley was clowning with my dad. He's very down to earth. In fact, he reminded me of Coach Cook. "Dooley said if Davante' will come in and work, then he can be the starter for the opener next season against N.C. State in the Georgia Dome." Miami also sent two coaches. "Coach (Al) Golden and Coach (Terry) Richardson were also down to earth," stated Landry. "They said they've seen great backs over the years and Davante' is in the same class as those backs. "Davante' is doing the things that those backs did coming out of high school. They said it's all about playing, and that he shouldn't have to sit three years to get his turn as a starter." The Miami coaches used an analogy to illustrate the possibility of early playing time. "If there's a line for food with eight people in it, are you going to go to that line or to the one with three people?" queried Landry, who was repeating the words of the Miami staff. Entering today, Tennessee and Miami held an advantage but things aren't quite as clear now. "You can't rule out Ole Miss," said Landry. "Arizona State is coming tomorrow, and we want to get out there for an official because Coach (Michael) Norvell has been on Davante' for a long time. "Southern Miss' new head coach also called today and made sure we knew they had an offer on the table."
92 Fans online