'13 Army Selection: Josh Boutte

New Iberia (La.) High offensive guard Josh Boutte earns elite status on 2013 U.S. Army All-American Team...

(Wharton, N.J.) Nov. 4, 2012 – Josh Boutte of Westgate High School, New Iberia, La., has been selected to play in the 2013 U.S. Army All-American Bowl, joining an elite group of All-Americans. Those selected will play in the game on Saturday, January 5, 2013, at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. The annual East vs. West match-up will be televised live on NBC at 1:00 p.m. EST and will feature the nation's top 90 high school football players.

The 6-foot-5, 320-pounder bolsters an impressive roster for the U.S. Army All-American contest. Boutte is currently rated as the No. 6 offensive guard in the country by Scout.com, making him a four-star prospect.

Boutte has made a non-binding verbal commitment to sign with LSU on National Letter of Intent Day.

Scout Eval - He is very powerful at the point of attack, and when he digs his heels in he does not give up any ground. He keeps good balance and even when the defenders are running in to him at full speed he does not get moved back. He gets off the ball quickly, has a good base, and is super strong. It almost makes you feel sorry for the high school kids he is completely obliterating. He has the potential to be an All-Conference type of player in college.

"Josh is a talented athlete whose leadership and teamwork qualities have made him a standout at Westgate High School," said John Myers, Director of Marketing, Army Marketing and Research Group. "Only the strongest wear the Army colors, and Josh possesses mental, emotional and physical strengths similar to the Army Strong Soldier, that have afforded him that honor. We are proud to welcome all of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl players and commend each of them on their selection."

Boutte was selected by the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Selection Committee.

For more than a decade, the U.S. Army All-American Bowl has been the Nation's premier high school football game, serving as the preeminent launching pad for America's future college and NFL stars. Percy Harvin, Jamaal Charles, Patrick Peterson, and Andrew Luck all made their national debuts as U.S. Army All-Americans. In the 2012 NFL Draft Andrew Luck became the first U.S. Army All-American Bowl alumnus to be selected with the first overall pick. The 2012 U.S. Army All-American Bowl drew a record crowd of 39,011 to the Alamodome, and was the most-watched sporting event on television over the weekend, excluding the NFL playoffs.

Staff Sergeant Johnathan Sonnier and Josh Boutte

Originally published by Greg Powers

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