Tucson receiver drawing attention

A local Tucson product is getting a look from the Wildcats. While many fans are well aware of CDO's Stephen Berg, not as many know about Aaron Butler. Butler is a quick, rangy wide receiver from Catalina High School who has D-I scouts taking interest.

Arizona recruiting coordinator Rob Ianello was in attendance for Butler's game against Cholla High School. The Chargers defeated the Trojans 15-0 and did a good job keeping Butler at bay. The Chargers punted eight times, but only once did they kick near Butler. Butler fielded one punt in the air and ran it back over 30 yards. He fielded a few others that were rolling away from him, but was tackled right away.

The Charger defense did nothing special to cover Butler. They ran a basic cover three most of the night, sometimes cheating the free safety over to help the corner. Their best defense was a strong pass rush that kept the Catalina quarterback on his heels all night. Butler finished the night with two catches for 43 yards. Both receptions were underneath throws that Butler turned up field for big gains. The Trojans went deep to Butler only once. Butler got behind the Cholla defender but let the ball bounce off of his shoulder pad ruining an easy touchdown.

Butler carried the ball three times as well. He had runs of 22, 12 and –7. On the seven-yard loss a blitzing Cholla linebacker knocked the quarterback into Butler's legs, tripping the receiver in the backfield.

Butler is tall 6-2 or 6-3 and has sprinter's speed. He is athletic and long, but his ands aren't the best. Butler is further hampered by playing on a team that is among the worst in Tucson. Butler also saw time at free safety, but his future appears to be on the offensive side of the ball.

One of his former coaches said that Butler's ability is even more impressive when you consider that he rarely participates in off season programs. According to the coach, Butler spends the most of the offseason working to help support his family.

Although Butler was unable to get fully involved in the game last night, his talent is obvious.

"That Aaron Butler is good," said Cholla Head Coach George Zellar.


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