LSU's 2013 recruiting class features three players who could end up at offensive guard. The crown jewel of that trio is New Iberia native Josh Boutte.
Given the state of the Tigers' depth at the position exiting spring practice, an opportunity exists to make waves in the two-deep depth chart. Jonah Austin took a few steps forward this spring, cementing himself as the backup left guard, but the second-stringer on the right side is currently JuCo transfer Fehoko Fanaika, who may be a bit of a project for Les Miles and Greg Studrawa.
All that makes Boutte one of the top true freshmen to watch this August in terms of impact.
According to Boutte, the key to preparing himself for this opportunity has been improving his endurance and remaining light and agile on his feet, something the LSU staff demands of its guards.
"My work ethic in the weight room and running has increased tremendously," Boutte told TSD of this offseason. "Sometimes I feel like a skill player but when I look in the mirror the lineman is still there."
The Westgate product said he's now at 6-foot-6 and 315 pounds, down five or so pounds from his listed playing weight as a senior. Boutte believes athleticism combined with his frame and determination will go far in LSU's punishing run-first system.
But Boutte did recognize he still has plenty of work to do when it comes to pass blocking. He even called it the one area of his game that needs the most refinement if he wants to make a name for himself in year one on campus.
"One thing I have to work on to help better the team is pass (blocking) skills," explained Boutte. "I've gotten a lot better, but I tend to lunge at my opponent. I guess that's just the part of me that wants to attack my opponent."
Like many of the other signees TSD has interviewed in the past week, Boutte is ready to report to Baton Rouge next Friday to start his journey. He will be rooming with fellow freshmen Melvin Jones, Desean Smith and Tre'Davious White.
"I'm excited to finally play for the school thousands of young men dream of," said Boutte. "I finally will be officially part of the LSU family."
It's been a long time coming, considering Boutte originally committed on Feb. 7, 2012, 16 months to the day from when he'll report.
Leading up until June 7, the day when signees report, TSD is breaking down each one with analysis and the latest on their preparation for LSU. In case you missed any of our previous updates, the full list is below:
DE Michael Patterson
DE Lewis Neal
DE Tashawn Bower
WR Kevin Spears
OL K.J. Malone
CB Tre'Davious White
LB Kendell Beckwith
DEF Melvin Jones
Signee Update: Josh Boutte
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