LSU commitment Josh Boutte has had quite a few experiences in recent weeks with a trip to San Antonio, TX, for the U.S. Army All-American Game. The 6-5 320 pound offensive lineman will now travel to LSU this weekend for an official visit. The Westgate High School standout has a lot of things that he would like to examine once he arrives at LSU, in both the school and the football program. The academic aspect of LSU is something that Boutte hopes to get an in-depth look at while on his visit in Baton Rouge this weekend.
"Mainly, I want to worry about the academics and how the classes are going to be," said Boutte. "The last time I visited everything was great. I just want to make sure I'm comfortable with the campus, which I'm sure I will be."
"I also want to check out the football aspect because Coach [Les] Miles said they were going to be making some changes in the football program. I think he was talking about add-ons to the facilities and things."
Even though he has been committed to the Tigers since February of 2012, Boutte explained that the LSU coaching staff has still been making it clear how much they covet him.
"The whole recruiting process has just been great," said Boutte. "I usually talk to Coach [Corey] Raymond once a week. I talk to Coach [Greg] Studrawa every chance I get as well."
"I talked to him recently and he told me about their need for linemen, with the draft and everything. He said I have a really good shot at early playing time, as long as I put in the effort."
While he will visit LSU this weekend, Boutte explained that he is still not sure if he will take any official visits elsewhere. One option, UL-Lafayette, could receive a visit from Boutte just because of proximity to his home. Boutte explained that LSU fans have nothing to worry about regarding his commitment to the Tigers.
"I was thinking about visits, but I don't think I have a whole lot of time to do it," said Boutte. "I think the only school I may visit is UL-Lafayette. I'm very firm on my commitment, though. I'm just kind of waiting until signing."
Playing in the Army All-American game was an experience that Boutte will remember for many years. Boutte also feels as though spending the week with some of the best players in the country began the process of getting acclimated to the college game.
"It was a lot different than high school and it felt like I was already in college," said Boutte. "Everybody knew who we all were when we walked around town. Most of the time we spent down there we were going through two-a-days."
"That whole week the competition was great. The practices were like games for me. You aren't used to going against the top guys every play, so my body definitely feels it."
The week also gave Boutte a chance to build friendships with several future LSU teammates. Boutte explained that all of the LSU commitments did their part in recruiting additional talent to Baton Rouge while they were in San Antonio.
"My roommate was Desean Smith," said Boutte. "We are very comfortable with each other already and I think we are going to room together when we get to LSU. I'm looking forward to getting to LSU to be around all of those guys."
"We all recruited for LSU while I was there, and I know Frank Herron was doing the same thing on the other team. I'm looking forward to just getting to LSU."
Boutte ready for LSU visit
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