Boutte commits to Tulane

Friday was a emotional day for Devin Boutte. The senior WR from Catholic (New Iberia) saw his high school career come to a premature end, due to a freak injury in a scrimmage at Westlake. However, Boutte was able to take solace in the fact that Tulane readily accepted his commitment to play football on the next level.

Friday was a day that Devin Boutte will never forget. The senior wide receiver, a first-team all-state player in 2009, saw his high school career come to a premature end when he tore the ACL in his right knee.

There was some good news, however, for the Catholic (New Iberia) star. Not long after suffering the injury, Boutte called Tulane recruiting coordinator Doug Lichtenberger and asked if the Green Wave would still accept his commitment.

"I was sitting there after injuring my knee," said Boutte, "and something told me that I needed to commit. I didn't want to be left without a school down the road. I like the Tulane program and they had been my number one school for awhile. Tulane has put together a strong recruiting class both last year and this year, and I have hopes that this class will continue to keep building.

"I talked to my former quarterback, (Tulane freshman) Taylor Bullock, and then I called Coach Doug (Lichtenberger). He said that ACL tears are common and that they would still take me; that they would still accept my commitment. He said that I'll be back."

Lichtenberger's reaction meant a great deal to Boutte.

"It means a lot to me that Tulane is sticking by me," Boutte said. "It shows me how much they like me and how much they really want me."

Boutte went on to recount the last play of his high school career.

"I caught a screen and made a cut, but it didn't happen," he said. "I knew something was wrong, but I was able to walk off the field. A surgeon at the game said that I tore my ACL, and that was confirmed today when I had an MRI.

"I'm going to have surgery on Labor Day weekend, and then I should be back to full speed within six months. I'm already doing 'pre-hab' -- stretching my knee and getting it stronger."

As a junior, Boutte caught 70 passes for 1,426 with 17 TDs. He also rushed for more than 400 yards and three TDs.

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