Catholic-New Iberia junior wide receiver Devin Boutte enjoyed a breakout season last fall. The 5-foot-10, 175-pounder earned all-district and Class 3A First Team All-State honors for a squad that reached the semifinals.
During the regular season, Boutte amassed numbers that put him in exclusive company. Entering the playoffs, the junior was ranked No. 4 in the state in receiving yards, behind the likes of Jarvis Landry (Lutcher, LSU commit), James Wright (Belle Chasse, LSU signee), and Eric Thomas (Evangel Christian, Southern signee).
And it didn't stop there.
Boutte, who caught 49 passes in the regular season for 1,043 yards and 13 TDs, kept his hot hand in the postseason. In four playoff games, Boutte added 21 receptions and 383 receiving yards with four TDs.
All in all, through 14 games, Boutte caught 70 passes for 1,426 yards, good for over 20 yards per catch. He also rushed for more than 400 yards and three TDs.
Perhaps Boutte's most impressive effort came in Catholic's quarterfinal upset win over powerhouse Redemptorist. After the visiting Wolves, led by high-profile LSU commits Jeremy Hill and La'el Collins, took a big lead, Catholic stormed back behind Boutte.
The junior was the catalyst for Catholic's comeback, returning a kickoff 77 yards for a score in the second half and then scoring the game-winning touchdown on a pass from Tulane signee Taylor Bullock. Boutte caught five passes for 97 yards vs. Redemptorist.
"Redemptorist had one of the best corners that I faced," said Boutte, "but I was able to beat them for the (game-winning) score when he blitzed. They tried to roll another corner over to cover me, but Taylor read it perfectly."
Although Catholic-New Iberia was defeated in the semifinals by eventual 3A state champion Notre Dame of Crowley, that didn't diminish the glow of a surprisingly successful season for Boutte and the Panthers.
"It was really exciting," Boutte said of the playoff run. "I actually didn't expect all that. It was a really fun season."
Boutte puts up some surprising weight-room numbers for a prospect his size.
"I just maxed recently and I put up 295 pounds on the bench," he said.
Boutte, who is receiving letters from Texas A&M, LSU, Florida, Ole Miss, Virginia, and TCU, says that he consistently runs a 4.4 in the 40, but he feels that he can get his time down to 4.3 on a good day.
The junior has not received his first offer yet, but he does have some favorite schools: Ole Miss, Texas A&M, Louisiana-Lafayette, and LSU.