BATON ROUGE – LSU football wide receiver Kayshon Boutte explained his decision to stay at LSU and not enter the transfer portal this past offseason to reporters after the Tigers’ second preseason practice on Friday.
Boutte, who had nine touchdowns in just six games last season, said he considered departing LSU due to the lack of familiarity he had with the new coaching staff, but not because Texas A&M or Alabama, specifically, were recruiting him.
“It was all kind of weird, playing for people I’ve never really met,” Boutte said. “I had never really met any of them personally, so I felt like I didn’t fit.”
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But after speaking with coach Brian Kelly and other members of the staff, he felt comfortable with the direction the program was going and the new people who were in charge.
“They came in and kind of talked with me a little bit,” Boutte said. “I trusted that the plan they were coming in with was going to be executed.”
Gordon McKernan — owner of Gordan McKernan Injury Attorneys — has said he was concerned enough about Boutte leaving that he signed the receiver to an NIL deal in January that has since been renewed.
Boutte said that his deal with McKernan only played a small factor in his decision to stay with LSU.
“I was more worried about the football than the off-the-field stuff,” Boutte said.
Koki Riley covers LSU sports for The Daily Advertiser and the USA TODAY Sports South Region. Email him at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter at @KokiRiley.