Butler O-Linemen Tandem Visits Tempe

Butler (Kan.) Community College is a powerhouse in the junior college rankings. It has produced many quality D-I players, including current star ASU running back Ryan Torain. Mid-year transfers Scott Haverkamp and Chet Hartley are being courted by ASU and spoke to Devils Digest following their visit to the Sun Devils.

6-4 300 Scott Haverkamp started his college football career at the University of Kansas, where he redshirted in 2004, and played sparingly in 2005. For reasons he doesn't wish to disclose, he decided to quit the Jayhawks and transfer to Butler to re-open his recruitment.

"My visit went well," said Haverkamp on Sunday night. "We went out for dinner Friday night, got to see a little of the town. On Saturday before the game, we got to see what the team routine was. We took a tour of campus and campus was awesome. I really enjoyed the coaches because they were down to earth and really cared about their players."

Haverkamp noted that all the schools recruiting him are looking at him as a guard. "I do really need to work on my hands placement and getting my hands inside," he said of his skills. "Obviously every part of my game could get better, but that's one part of my game that I really need to work on."

The lineman mentioned that the Sun Devils have been recruiting him since the third week of the season. "Georgia, UAB, Troy, Memphis and New Mexico are other schools I'm considering," he commented. "Arizona State was my first visit, and I'm gonna visit Georgia on the 8th of December and decide very very shortly after that, because I'm gonna sign that month." Due to the fact that he redshirted at Kansas he will have two years to pay two.

Haverkamp did rule out the theory that he and Hartley were a package deal when it comes to the school of their choice. "That's not a for sure deal," he claimed. "We know that each of us will make the decision that's best for us. If we both ended up at Arizona State that would be cool, because I really enjoy playing now on the same team."

Much like his Grizzly teammate the 6-4 315 Chet Hartley enjoyed his visit to Sun Devil country. "I had a great time getting to know the coaches, the players…I really enjoyed the atmosphere of the game," he recalled. "Being there down on the field, seeing the introduction of the seniors…I thought it was pretty neat."

The lineman states that ASU's defensive coordinator Bill Miller has been recruiting him since the spring, and that the Sun Devils offered him a scholarship last month. "UAB and Troy are the other schools that offered me," he stated. "I'm visiting UAB on the 1st or 8th and Troy on the 15th." The lineman said that he didn't rule out making a decision before those visits.

Hartley said that while his speed is one of the strengths, that "my upper body strength is one thing I need to work on. ASU is recruiting me as tackle, but I'd play anywhere. I like the offense at ASU because they run a lot of the stuff downhill, like we do at Butler."

Due to the fact that he was a qualifier out of high school, he doesn't have to obtain an AA degree and will have three years to play two once his semester ends in mid-December. He agreed with Haverkamp that the two aren't a package deal, but would do enjoy playing on the same team.

Both players were selected to the second team 2006 All-Jayhawk Conference Team and are part of a Butler offense that averages 33.1 points and 364 yards a game. The Grizzlies finished the season 10-1 and # 4 in the NJCAA rankings.

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