"I went to Louisiana-Lafayette today and talked to Coach (Ricky) Bustle, Coach (Kevin) Fouquier, and the wide receivers coach," Boutte said. "We talked about the whole recruiting process and the advantage of being close to home. They emphasized that I could play in a home game and then go to my parents' house for a meal after the game."
Last season, Boutte was a key factor in his team's run to the 3A semifinals. The 5-foot-10, 175-pounder -- who earned first-team all-state honors -- caught 70 passes for 1,426 yards (20 yards per catch) with 17 TDs. Boutte, who added 400 yards rushing with three TDs in 2009, caught the game-winning pass in a 50-47 upset win over Redemptorist in the quarterfinals.
In that playoff game, Boutte and Catholic trailed 47-28 in the second-half before rallying for a shocking win over Redemptorist, which featured a star-studded roster including La'el Collins, Jeremy Hill, Duece Coon, Corey Trim, Denzeil Warner, and Nico Talbert.
Boutte said that he doesn't have a favorite school yet and that he likes what he's learned about SMU thus far.
"I know that they (SMU) go four-wide and pass a lot," Boutte said. "I know that their coach likes to pass the ball a lot and that they're all into the passing game. That's what I like to do.
"I had four catches for about 80 yards in our spring scrimmage. Our new coach (Keith Menard) is a good coach. I just hope the players are dedicated. It's up to us to be as good as we can be."
In the scrimmage, Boutte made an acrobat catch with three defenders draped over him.
"On that play, I was out there on the numbers and the quarterback threw it inside the hashes," said Boutte, who is adjusting to a new QB after Taylor Bullock (27 TDs, two interceptions in 2009) signed with Tulane. "There was a safety and a corner double-teaming me and then a linebacker dropped back into coverage too. I just happened to be in the right place, and I caught the pass with my arm."