Bourgeois announces his college commitment

Kyle Riviere
kriviere@weeklycitizen.com
Briggs Bourgeois was 15-19 in field goals last season. Photo by DKMoon Photography.

Just a week after teammate Ivan Prejean committed to play baseball at Nicholls State, St. Amant three-sport senior Briggs Bourgeois announced on Twitter: “Proud to say that I have committed to Southern Miss!”

Bourgeois has been a dangerous double-threat for the Gators throughout his football career. He has been one of St. Amant’s top wide receivers, and he has been one of the premier kickers in the state.

His kicking ability has earned him a scholarship offer with the Golden Eagles. They made the offer to him shortly after he visited Hattiesburg for a camp.

In 2015, Bourgeois had a tremendous football season. He was a first-team All-District 5-5A and first-team All-Parish selection at both wide receiver and kicker. Bourgeois was actually named the district’s Offensive Co-MVP, along with Catholic’s Clyde Edwards-Hilaire.

He also made an All-State team as he helped the Gators win their first playoff game since 2001.

As a receiver, he caught 45 passes for 815 yards and 16 touchdowns. As a kicker, most of his kicks turned into touchbacks, and he went 15 of 19 on field goals. His season long was a booming 51 yards.

Football isn’t the only sport in which Bourgeois has excelled. He has been one of the most highly-touted soccer players in the state. In earning the district’s MVP for a third straight season, he helped lead the Gators to the second round of the playoffs this past year.

In baseball, Bourgeois was a starter on a team that made a run to the state quarterfinals in 2016.

Due to his amazing versatility, he was nominated for Baton Rouge area’s male Athlete of the Year. The award was ultimately won by Catholic’s record-breaking swimmer Colin Bone.

Bourgeois had been getting plenty of attention on the recruiting trail. Besides Southern Miss, he had received offers from both Nicholls State and Texas Southern.

He will not be the first Ascension Parish kicker to join the Southern Miss football program. Back in 2013, Dutchtown’s Tyler Sarrazin signed with the Golden Eagles.

Sarrazin was Southern Miss’ starting punter this past season and averaged 40 yards a kick with three touchbacks a 58-yard long.

The Southern Miss program made a huge turnaround in 2015. After three years of going a combined 4-32, the Golden Eagles went 8-5 and made a bowl game for the first time since 2010.

Bourgeois and St. Amant will have high expectations in 2016 as they return a plethora of starters from a team that went 9-3 last season and reached the second round of the playoffs. Including the Southern Miss commit, seven all-district players will be back.