Senior kicker Briggs Bourgeois of St. Amant, La., verbally committed Monday to play football at Southern Miss.
Bourgeois attended a camp at USM on Saturday, but left Hattiesburg without a scholarship offer. On the ride back, however, he got the offer he was hoping for during a phone call from head coach Jay Hopson.
"I was kind of hoping for it," Bourgeois said. "Once they called and offered me, I was pumped.
"I already knew I was going to commit, but I waited until last night. I called the coaches to let them know."
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Bourgeois, who plans to study nursing at USM, also held scholarship offers from Nicholls State and Texas Southern.
Bourgeois expects to handle kickoff and place-kicking duties at USM. He converted on 15 of 19 field goals as a junior and he has a knack for the putting the ball in the end zone on kickoffs.
The longest field goal of Bourgeois' career was a 51-yarder as a junior.
"It's really exciting," Bourgeois said of Monday's commitment. "It's a relief and it gets pressure off my shoulders."
Bourgeois and Morton linebacker Freddie Hartz are the only two players committed to USM for the class of 2017.