LSU receiver Kayshon Boutte set to follow Justin Jefferson, Ja'Marr Chase and Terrace Marshall
BATON ROUGE - Kayshon Boutte could be next in line on LSU's wide receiver assembly line to the NFL.
Justin Jefferson went in the first round as the 22nd pick to Minnesota last year. Ja'Marr Chase is projected to be a top five or 10 pick in the 2021 draft on April 29 with Terrace Marshall Jr. viewed as a late first round pick.
After Chase opted out of the 2020 season and Marshall left LSU with three games to play, Boutte became the next in line and is more expected in the 2021 season under new offensive coordinator Jake Peetz.
"I find myself in many different places," said Boutte, who as a freshman caught 27 passes for 527 yards and four touchdowns over his last three games. "Coach Peetz came in and moved me around."
He finished with 45 catches for 735 yards and five touchdowns.
The 6-foot, 185-pound Boutte, who was a five-star recruit from Westgate High in New Iberia, played mainly the X receiver position, which is the customary wide receiver on the line of scrimmage, last season. Peetz has put him at the Z, or slot receiver, which is behind the line of scrimmage, and in the backfield.
"I like that he changed the style," said Boutte. "I feel like I can set big numbers in this offense."
So does quarterback Max Johnson, who continues to work with the first team at spring practice.
"He makes great plays for us," Johnson said. "We stay after practice all the time to work on our routes, work on our timing. We're tight. He's going to have a great season. We're going to me moving around the receivers to get the match-ups that we want."
Boutte caught 14 of Johnson's passes for 308 yards and three touchdowns in the Ole Miss win to break the SEC record for receiving yards in a game. It also broke the LSU record for receiving yards in a game held by Josh Reed at 292 in a win at Alabama in 2001.
"Last year what I did best was speed and getting out of my breaks," Boutte said. "I'm focusing on being more physical and better in my route running and blocking for sure and just everything to be the best athlete I can."