LSU WR Kayshon Boutte changed his mind days before the Citrus Bowl, declaring for the NFL draft

Kayshon Butte is not at LSU through the 2023 season.

The wide receiver It was announced after the regular season As he returns to another college football season.

“LSU was no surprise to me,” Butte wrote in his first statement. “My growth under the new staff has helped me reach new heights. Even though we didn’t reach the overall goal, we still fought and got results that set the stage for continued success. The goal is always to win a national championship at LSU and that will never change. We made progress this year, but we were disappointed in the end. That’s why we have so much more to come. I believe we can get things done.

But LSU announced Wednesday that Butte will not play in January. 2 Citrus Bowl against Purdue while enrolled at LSU for the spring semester. Butte was given no reason for his sudden departure from the game until later in the day, heading to the NFL and declaring for the draft.

Butte’s initial decision to stay in college was surprising, as was the reversal just days before the bowl game. Even if he doesn’t put up eye-popping stats in 2022, he could be taken in the first three rounds of the draft.

Butte especially in 2010. He was a sophomore in 2021. He played in just six games but had 38 catches for 509 yards and nine TDs. That performance came after catching 45 catches and 735 yards in 10 games as a freshman.

His stats peaked at 48 in 11 games for 538 yards and two TDs in 2022.

Bute joins WR Jaray Jenkins, edge rusher BJ Ojulari and CF Mekhi Garner from LSU who will not play against Purdue and prepare for the draft. Purdue, meanwhile, will not start QB Aidan O’Connell, top TE Payne Durham and top receiver Charlie Jones.

LSU wide receiver Kayshon Boutte is headed to the 2023 NFL Draft. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)

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