Busy Butterfield

In his weekly recruiting column, Dudley E. Dawson chats it up with Lake Hamilton QB Phillip Butterfield (6-3, 200, 4.7), one of the state's top 2009 grid prospects. This story is sponsored by the Arkansas Toyota Dealers. It's free and so is a special offer to attend a Razorback event on the Arkansas Toyota Dealers website. Click on a banner for details.

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Now that the pain has subsided a little in his heart and a lot in his head for Phillip Butterfield, it's getting time for the Lake Hamilton junior quarterback to hit the circuit for his own version of March Madness.

Butterfield (6-3, 200, 4.7), who was literally knocked out of his team's Class 6A state championship game loss to Texarkana in the second quarter as he got a concussion while diving for extra yardage, will soon participate in four events in March.

That would be the National Scouting Report's Arkansas Elite QB Camp and its South Regional Football Combine both in Springdale on March 1, likely a University of Arkansas' Junior Day on March 8 and the FCA Combine in Little Rock on March 15.

"I think you can never really believe that you are anywhere near reaching your potential so you have to work as hard as you can to get better every day," Butterfield said. "That's what we are doing as a team and what I am doing as an individual."

Butterfield, getting attention already from Arkansas, Tulsa and Kansas, joins Springdale's Ashton Glaser, Pulaski Academy's Spencer Keith and Little Rock Christian's Griffin Kuhn as some of the top 2009 signal callers in Arkansas.

He is coming off a junior season in which he passed for 2,795 yards and 30 touchdowns while completing 60.4 percent of his passes and having only five interceptions.

Lake Hamilton averaged right at 40 points per game and over 400 yards total offense per outing.

"He had a great season," Clay said. "He had close to 3,000 yards passing, was a great leader and just did everything we needed him to do."

Really the only thing that slipped from Butterfield's grasp was the state title, something he and his teammates are intent on coming away with in 2008.

"That loss has definitely made us work even harder than ever this off-season," Butterfield said. "We have one team goal instead of several individual ones. That is simply to win the state championship."

While he might not have been clearheaded, Butterfield was already talking about that just minutes after the 13-0 loss to Texarkana – a team it had beaten 23-14 in the regular season.

"We had an amazing season and it was because of our teamwork and playing together," Butterfield said. "We are going to be back here next season, I guarantee that."

Even though he was completely knocked out, woozy and had to be helped to the sidelines, Butterfield tried to go back into last December's game.

A valiant and couragous thought, but doctors weren't about to let that happen.

"I really hated not going back in the game," Butterfield said. "Standing over there just made me mad because I couldn't do anything."

Butterfield is excited about the opportunity to work with former Arkansas quarterback Jason Allen at the Arkansas Elite QB Camp and Southern Combine.

"It's going to be great to be up there with a lot of great players, a lot you really don't get to see unless you are playing their teams in 7-on-7," Butterfield said. "I am going to go to a couple of camps this summer, but perhaps I am most excited about getting the chance to learn from Jason Allen."

Butterfield is very high on the University of Arkansas and new head coach Bobby Petrino.

"I think Coach Petrino is going to do a great job with the program and he already has gotten started on that with a great recruiting class," Butterfield said. "What he did at Louisville was phenomenal and especially with (quarterback) Brian Brohm, which is somebody I have looked up to for a long time. He did an amazing job with him and I would love that same opportunity."

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