Boutte underwent surgery last September 7th to repair a torn ACL, and he's steadily progressing with the rehabilitation.
"It's been a rough ride," he said. "Some days, I feel good and some days it feels like it's going to take forever. I work out three times a week: Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, and it's two hours of leg work each time. When I walk, it feels normal. It's a six-to-seven month process and I'm taking it slowly (in returning to running). I'd say that I'm back to 60% strength-wise."
The Tulane staff has been in constant contact with Boutte since the injury.
"Coach Doug (Lichtenberger) comes by the school pretty often, and he's makes sure everything is okay with me," Boutte said. "He came by and ate at our house not too long ago."
Boutte is taking his official visit to Tulane this weekend, and he's bringing two other Lafayette-area stars with him.
Scofield and Tatford were the two big-name players last fall for Class 5A St. Thomas More, which reeled off 13 straight wins before losing to eventual state champion Acadiana in the semifinals.
Scofield is a tall (6-foot-2) safety who also excels on the baseball diamond. Tatford is even taller, measuring in between 6-foot-5 and 6-foot-6. He's a devastating blocker at TE who paved the way for the Cougars' brutally-effective ground game.
With Scofield and Tatford leading the charge, St. Thomas More notched wins over (Class 2A state champ) Evangel Christian and a loaded St. Augustine squad. In addition, the Cougars were the only team to beat Acadiana on the field, besting the Rams in the regular season.
Boutte (and perhaps Tatford) will catch passes at Tulane from QB Taylor Bullock, a former teammate of Boutte's at Catholic-NI.
As a junior, Boutte accounted for almost 1,500 yards receiving and earned first-team all-state honors.