Boutte will visit other schools

Westgate offensive lineman Josh Boutte has been committed to the Tigers since February. The four-star prospect and U.S. Army All-American still calls LSU his "dream school," but he says he will take a few visits elsewhere.

For LSU commitment Josh Boutte, the Christmas break will not be a time of rest. The 6-5 320-pound offensive guard is preparing to take part in the U.S. Army All-American game, taking place in San Antonio, Tex.

Boutte, a four-star prospect, explained that he has been preparing for this game since his high school season ended. Boutte will use the game as an opportunity to showcase his abilities to those who have not had a chance to see the Westgate High School standout in action.

"This break has been nice," said Boutte. "I leave in nine days to go to San Antonio to play in the All-American game. I have been preparing for it so I can show everyone what I can do. Actually, after the playoffs my work ethic was focused on this game. Hopefully it pays off."

Boutte went on to explain that even though he has been committed to LSU since the spring, he still hears from members of the Tigers' coaching staff on a regular basis. Boutte, who rescheduled his official visit to LSU last weekend, said that he has a pretty good idea of when he will visit the Baton Rouge campus. He would also like a chance to check out some other schools.

"It's going pretty good," said Boutte, when asked about his recruitment. "I'm still talking to LSU. I talk to them once a week because they are only allowed to call me once. I'm taking my official to LSU sometime in January. I also want to visit a couple of other schools to make sure that LSU is the right place for me."

When asked which schools he will be visiting, Boutte explained that he would prefer to visit some other members of the SEC. However, which schools those might be have yet to be determined.

While he hasn't figured out exactly which schools he will visit, Boutte said he has a benchmark when it comes time to compare schools.

"I'm not really sure which schools yet," said Boutte. "I've talked to my coach a little bit about it, but I'm still not sure which schools yet. I'm going to have to decide pretty soon because signing day is coming up.

"I love the SEC, and that is a big part of my thought process. Anyone that competes against LSU in the SEC is someone I would visit because it means they are a good program. LSU is my dream school, so hopefully everything works out there."

With Boutte committing so early in the process, he feels as though he missed out on the chance to see places outside of Louisiana. Even though he plans on taking visits, Boutte feels as though it will be tough to top LSU.

"I committed early and never had an opportunity to talk to anyone other than LSU," said Boutte. "I have no regrets, though. I go to LSU all the time and it feels like family. I love it there. I just want to make sure I am 100% on my college choice.

"I haven't really thought about the chances of going somewhere other than LSU. I might go somewhere else and like their program. In my mind LSU is the number one school in the country, and it will be next to impossible to beat."

Boutte was scheduled to visit LSU last weekend, but instead he ended up making the short trip to Lafayette to take in a bowl practice for the Ragin' Cajuns. Boutte explained that UL showed him a great time while he was on campus, and gave him some things to think about, including a possible official visit.

"UL invited me to practice, and I couldn't make it all the way to LSU," said Boutte. "I'm a big fan of all Louisiana schools when it comes to football. They have a pretty nice set-up over there. I liked it. I think UL will be one of the schools that I visit officially. It's in-state and close to home, but not close enough to be around New Iberia. It's a big difference between LSU and UL, but you never know."

One of the main reasons that Boutte committed to LSU so early was his relationship with secondary coach Corey Raymond, a native of New Iberia. Boutte explained that Raymond understands his wanting to visit other schools.

"Coach [Corey] Raymond is my main recruiter now," said Boutte. "He's a pretty cool guy because he is from here and can relate to me. He understands where I'm coming from in terms of visiting other schools because there is nothing in my hometown. My dream is LSU and then the NFL, and I think he can help me get there."

Given that he plays on the offensive line, one would have to think that it would take some time for Boutte to see the field quickly at the collegiate level. If you ask him, his views are quite different. His discussions with LSU's head coach have also informed Boutte of where he could line up once he gets to Baton Rouge.

"Coach [Les] Miles loves the things that I can do and he likes my speed," said Boutte. "I'll be playing left guard. I love that position. Based on the injuries they had this year, I think I could contribute early. LSU is all about competition, and I think that if I compete, I could see the field early. Coach Miles isn't afraid to play young guys."

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