ASU Visit Offers New, Enjoyable Experience

It was a long way from Norcross, GA to Tempe, but for Brice Butler it was time well spent. Devils Digest caught up with the wide receiver following an unofficial visit to the Sun Devils yesterday and talked about his trip to the Valley of the Sun.

"It was really nice. It was the furthest west I've ever been, so it was a new experience," said Brice Butler, son of former Atlanta Falcon Bobby Butler. "They got great coaches there that can get the job done, and it's a school that can give you a great education. It was fun touring the campus, the facilities…I went to practice and I was impressed how hard they compete and how intense it was." Butler added that he had a good visit with 2007 Arizona State signee Chasen Stangel who also paid a visit to the maroon and gold.

The 6-2 189 Butler tallied 35 receptions, 680 yards and nine touchdowns as a junior. The connection to ASU started with his high school wide receiver's coach who knows Sun Devil skipper Dennis Erickson quite well. The Norcross standout is being recruited by ASU's cornerbacks coach Al Simmons and was offered a scholarship in January of this year. Certainly his knowledge of ASU prior to the visit wasn't great, but now he's not only more educated about what the school can offer but also aware of the pedigree of those who run the football program.

"The thing I was real surprised by the most on the trip was the coaching staff," noted Butler. "I knew of them, but I didn't know about all the players they have coached in their career. My whole impression of Arizona State changed because of the visit. I like them more than I did before."

The wide receiver stated that distance won't be a factor in his final decision. He feels that there are other aspects that deserve more consideration. "I want to go to a team that has good coaches and players that I can get along with," said Butler. "Playing time is important and also good education."

With an enjoyable visit under his belt, did the Sun Devils make it to his short list of preferred schools? "I don't have a list of top schools," Butler explained, "but ASU is definitely a school I have an interest in. I want to check out more schools before I can make a list…I could see myself visiting Arizona State officially in the fall."

With more than a dozen offers from schools such as USC, Florida State, and Georgia, Butler definitely has his pick of the lot. He honestly can't name a time period in which he plans to verbally commit. "I really couldn't tell you," he admitted. "I'd probably like to decide before the season, but I don't know if I will."

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