LSU Football: Tigers sophomore ranked as a top 50 CFB player

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LSU football sophomore wide receiver Kayshon Boutte, a former five-star recruit, is a top 50 college football player in 2021 according to Rivals national columnist Mike Farrell.

Farrell has been revealing his top 50 college football players over the last several days and he included Boutte, placing the talented wide receiver at No. 45 on his list.

From Rivals:

"Boutte flashed the speed and skills that almost made him a five-star coming out of high school and much more is expected this season as a 1,000-yard season is certainly possible."

Boutte, 6-foot-1/185 lbs from New Iberia, LA (Westgate), was ranked in 247Sports’ composite rankings as the No. 2 wide receiver in the 2020 recruiting class and the No. 24 overall player in the class.

LSU football’s Kayshon Boutte should shine in 2021

Boutte’s ranking at No. 45 is probably fair. But I bet he outperforms that ranking by a WIDE margin.

The stud sophomore had an incredibly impressive true freshman season, catching 45 passes for 735 yards and five touchdowns in 10 games last season.

Those are impressive numbers for any true freshman. But they’re even more impressive when you consider that Boutte put up those numbers in a season that was heavily impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Plus he caught passes from three different quarterbacks (Myles Brennan, TJ Finely, and Max Johnson). And let’s not forget that Terrace Marshall Jr and Arik Gilbert were the top options in the passing game before both players opted out (Gilbert has since transferred to Georgia and he was ranked at No. 41 in Farrell’s rankings).

Former Tigers stars Ja’Marr Chase and Justin Jefferson didn’t come anywhere close to those types of numbers as true freshmen.

Chase caught 23 passes for 313 yards in 2018 as a true freshman, while Jefferson didn’t record a catch as a true freshman.

Boutte is clearly on the right track. And he showed last season that he has incredible chemistry with starting quarterback Max Johnson (Boutte had 308 receiving yards, an LSU single-game record, in the season finale against Ole Miss).

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The sky is truly the limit for Boutte. I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s a top 10 player in Farrell’s list next summer.