Boutte is a Tiger

Joshua Boutte

Westgate offensive lineman Joshua Boutte is the newest LSU commitment...

Josh Boutte picked up an LSU offer on Saturday and committed to the Tigers today.

"I was thinking about it all day," said the 6-foot-5, 305-pounder. "I sat down and talked with my offensive coach at Westgate and (Head) Coach (Brian) Fine, and we decided that LSU is the best place for me.

"It's been my dream to play for LSU and it was great to get a scholarship there. It's the best thing for me. I called my area recruiter, Coach (John) Chavis, and asked him a few questions that he cleared up."

The rest, as they say, is history.

"I told Coach Chavis I was ready to commit and he told me to call Coach (Les) Miles," said Boutte. "Coach Miles was at an awards ceremony for Morris Claiborne, but he had a few minutes to talk before it started, because Coach Chavis had given him a heads-up.

"He asked me if I was ready to become a Tiger and I told him yes. He said that was great and said welcome to the family. I'm ready to play for LSU. Coach Miles was excited. He started yelling; I held it in, but I let go as soon as I was off the phone. Coach Miles said my highlights were amazing. I want LSU fans to know I made a great decision, and I'm happy to be a part of the family."

Boutte was glad to put an early end to the recruiting process.

"There's a lot of stress and I'm glad it's over," he said.

Boutte will be the first Westgate product to sign with LSU since Jared Mitchell.

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