LSU commit Josh Boutte: Coach's Corner

Josh  Boutte

Westgate head coach Ryan Antoine talks about Josh Boutte, his four-star offensive guard...

Ryan Antoine enjoyed coaching LSU commit Josh Boutte during Antoine's first year as Westgate head coach.

"Josh had a good year," Antoine said. "He worked hard. He had to learn a couple of new things that we do differently.

"He had 60-plus pancakes, which is tremendous for a kid in high school. Josh's strength is his size (6-5, 315) and power. If Josh grabs you, you're going down. Also, his aggression. He plays hard every play."

Boutte, the nation's 10th-ranked offensive guard, made strides during his senior season.

"When I first got here Josh was stiff in the hips," Antoine said. "He needs to continue working on his pulling and getting more flexible where he can quickly move side-to-side against the SEC's best defensive linemen.

"Now the big thing is helping get Josh ready for Coach Moffitt and LSU."

Prior to landing the Westgate job, Antoine was head coach at West Saint Mary where he had another star OL - current LSU frosh Jerald Hawkins - on the roster.

"It's a blessing to coach talented players like those two," Antoine said. "They're opposites with Jerald being skilled with finesse, and Josh being like a bull in a china shop. And it's certainly possible that Jerald (OT) and Josh could line up side-by-side one day at LSU."

Boutte is a U.S. Army All-American.

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