August 17, 2010

Roundup: Pair of in-state receivers look at TU

The transition away from the comfortable quarterback is difficult for any receiver.

But for Devin Boutte it may not last long.

For the first time in a few years, the receiver is going through preseason practices at Catholic (New Iberia) HS while his favorite passer is launching throws a few hours away at Tulane.

The pair still talk on a weekly basis, and the Green Wave have already offered the 5-foot-10 playmaker, but it doesn't change things on Friday nights this year.

"I would kind of like to get that connection back together," Boutte said. "It's a lot different this year because Taylor throws like a perfect pass for me. And he didn't even have a quarterback coach his whole high school career so I can't imagine how much better he is going to get after a year at Tulane.

"He was taught the basics but he never really got that up-close kind of coaching. He was just that good and threw a perfect ball for me. I mean, I still made some plays out there to make him look good but he's a great player."

Boutte may get a chance to see Bullock's progress up close, as he's currently planning to take unofficial visits on Sept. 11 to see the Green Wave play Ole Miss and on Oct. 9th for a homecoming matchup against Army.

It's currently a two-team race vying for Boutte's commitment as Tulane and UL-Lafayette both sprung early offers based on his 1,426 yards, 70 catches and 21 touchdowns as a junior.

"I mean Tulane is a great school and a place I really like but UL is like 15 minutes from my house which is a big plus," Boutte said. "It's closer to my house than my high school is. But I am excited to go to whoever is going to pay for my education and do whatever they want me to do."

A few months ago, Boutte said he would either make a commitment before his senior season began or after it ended, choosing to put the college decision away as a distraction.

But the process has evolved and now a lot of it depends on the numbers and timing.

The Green Wave are likely to take three or four receivers in the 2011 class, and already have one commitment in St. Augustine's Marc Edwards.

If the opportunity begins to close, Boutte said he won't hesitate to commit and keep his spot.

"I am going to be a firm commitment no matter where I choose to go," Boutte said. "But I know that if either Tulane or UL start to fill up that I will have to make a decision quicker. I am going to know about both schools, so it's a good choice to make."

Liggins Lightning

Le'Vander Liggins can do a lot with his legs.

The 5-foot-10 athlete finished second in the Louisiana 4A long jump this spring - clearing 22-feet in the air - and is now working on his speed while staying on the ground.

The athlete with blazing quickness somehow managed to shave some time off his sub-4.5 40-yard dash this summer.

At one of LSU's prospect camps, the Leesville, La. product clocked in an impressive 4.35-second 40-yard dash, blowing away his previous personal best and making some college coaches turn their heads.

"I think the difference is that this year I ran track and that really made a difference," Liggins said. "I just feel a lot faster. I didn't know I ran the 4.35 until I left Baton Rouge and one of the coaches called me to tell me. I was pretty happy about that and it made me know what I've been doing is working."

In the past month, Liggins has been contacted by a variety of schools and recently pulled in an offer from Memphis to add to the list which includes: Tulane, Louisiana Tech, ULM, SMU, and Miami (OH).

Both Memphis and Tulane want to play the high-school running back at wide receiver, adding speed to the position in an effort to spread out defenses. It's a place Liggins is definitely interested in.

While Liggins said the Green Wave is still in the mix for his services, he is going to take visits to Memphis and Miami (OH) this fall as well as New Orleans. While he'll decide on a school before the end of the season, a commitment likely won't come down until all visits have been taken.

"If Tulane is willing to have me on a visit then I am willing to go down there," Liggins said. "I just haven't been talking much about visits with them but I do like Tulane and it's a place I want to know more about."

Through the early portion of fall camp, Liggins said he already feels the difference of having some extra burst in his legs.

"Each and every day, the heat is always a battle and I've noticed that I can do a little more out there than I could," Liggins said. "We just keep practicing and working hard but it helps when you have a little more speed to run away from people."

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