One More Game For Butler
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One More Game For Butler

Notre Dame pledge Devin Butler hosted Irish head coach Brian Kelly leading up to National Signing Day. While most high school prospects will take part in signing events at their schools, Butler will enjoy a ceremony for members of Team USA in Austin, Texas following the fourth annual International Bowl. IrishEyes.com caught up with Butler as he prepares for his latest trip.

For Gonzaga Prep (Washington, D.C.) cornerback Devin Butler there is one more game to prepare for before he takes the field as an official member of Notre Dame's 2013 recruiting class.

"I'm getting ready to leave on January 30th for Austin, Texas to play for Team USA," said Butler. "I'll be there for National Signing Day and feel ready to play one more game having already played in the Chesapeake Bowl and the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl."

While Butler had already taken his official visit with the Irish one thing remained before officially signing with the Irish as Brian Kelly made one last visit.

"Coach Kelly came to my school last week for a visit," said Butler. "He and (assistant) coach (Scott) Booker came and met up with me and my parents at school where I showed them around.

"It was great and a very unique experience showing him around the place where I've spent so much time. My classmates were pretty star struck, but we tried to not make it a big thing. I took him to one class where he said a couple of things and then we went about our business."

Like the majority of Irish fans, Butler had questions about Kelly's talk with the NFL.

"We talked about it and he told me the only reason he did the interview was to see what the NFL was all about," said Butler. "He told me that he knew he was a college coach and that is what he loved doing as he gets to take young men and mold them into great football players and great people into society."

As the calendar gets closer to the time where Butler official becomes a member of the Irish football program, he's found himself reflecting on his journey.

"It's really amazing how far I've come and I thank God and everyone who played a part developing me in the classroom and on the field," said Butler. "It's just a great feeling and I've come a long way since playing little league football and not knowing if I was going to play football or basketball in high school.

"Now I know I'm going to play college football at the highest level there is."