Big Weekend for Boutte

SMU has collected a dozen commitments thus far in the 2011 recruiting class, but no wide receivers are on board yet. Catholic (New Iberia) WR Devin Boutte, who camped with the Mustangs earlier this summer, recorded some impressive numbers last weekend at the prestigious Badger 7-on-7 tourney. Will Boutte be the next WR to receive an SMU offer?

Entering last weekend, Catholic (New Iberia) standout Devin Boutte was already known as one of the best wide receivers in talent-rich Louisiana and the senior certainly solidified that status with a great showing at the Badger 7-on-7 national tournament, which unfolded Saturday and Sunday in Tuscaloosa.

"We had the best wide receivers and best defensive backs in the state," said Boutte, who currently holds offers from Tulane and Louisiana-Lafayette. "We also picked up a couple of players from out-of-state, including Cortez Davis (Mainland HS, Daytona Beach, FL).

"I tied with Davis for the most TDs on our team. He's an athletic freak. The player that impressed me the most was my teammate, Odell Beckham. I've never seen somebody with hands like that. Jarvis Landry played extremely well and he was our key on defense."

Boutte was also impressed with sleeper prospect Cartel Murray (5-9, 175), a cornerback out of Thibodaux.

"I know what it's like when coaches discriminate against a player because of his size," said Boutte (5-10, 175). "They're (recruiters) just hurting themselves when they do that, because there's plenty of short guys that can play. Cartel is a good ball player with good skills."

Murray, in turn, praised Boutte in an earlier interview with

"Devin Boutte is a quiet guy," said Murray, "but he was a momentum changer for us. He answered for us with a reception when we needed it."

Boutte and Murray helped their squad, the Southeast Top Guns, to a semifinal finish. The Top Guns lost in that game to the South Florida Express. The Florida squad, led by QB Teddy Bridgewater (Miami commit) and four-star LB Gerrod Holliman (Ole Miss commit), went undefeated and won the tournament.

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