Tennessee fans hoping that four-star signee Davante Bourque might change his mind and return to the Vol football program can forget about that one. According to Bourque’s father, Kirk Landry, his son will enroll at Pearl River Community College in Poplarville, Mississippi following an abrupt departure from Knoxville last week. (Think that town was named after the tree… or was that just a twangy way of saying Popularville?)
Over the weekend it was learned — again, through Landry — that Bourque was dealing with homesickness and personal issues involving his girlfriend/mother of his child. But Landry has since said:
“There were just a lot of broken promises. You know, he was homesick and they didn’t help it any by not being truthful when they were recruiting him…
But I told him things in life are tough, things in life aren’t going to come easy. (I told him) people are going to lie to you and such, but you just have to suck it up and take another route to get where you want to get.”
The father didn’t say what he meant by “untruthful,” but one can assume a lack of playing time was probably involved. Bourque was not expected to earn much on-field duty for the Vols this fall, barring injury.
While it doesn’t make it right that coaches on the recruiting trail often say anything and everything to land a prospect, most top prospects should know by now — with so many stories like this getting media attention — that a promise in January likely won’t mean squat come August. For that matter, there are no guarantees the coaches making the promises will even be around to keep them when the player arrives on campus.
So as we’ve said a few million times over the past five years — Recruits, pick a school for the school and trust nary a coach’s “word.”
The broken promise part of this equation was not brought up by Tennessee’s Derek Dooley when he was asked about Bourque’s take-off late last week: “I don’t think it has anything to do with us, or us not liking him or him not liking us. He’s got a lot of personal, family problems that he’s working through.”
Pick your sides, but it sounds like somebody — either a UT coach or Bourque — has done crossed over to that thar Broken Promise Land…