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Southern Miss football lands verbal commitment

Briggs Bourgeois
Briggs Bourgeois

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."

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.