Westminster standout Harrison Butker is a 6-4, 175 kicker with several scholarship offers already on the table after a huge junior season. With Georgia Tech at the top of his list before his return trip to the Plains, Butker said on thursday that he's still open to all four of the schools that have offered him.
"It's those four right now (Auburn, Boston College, East Carolina, Georgia Tech)," Butker said. "I have some camps coming up and we'll just see what happens. I would like to get it done before football season starts in the fall.
"I'm just keeping my options open," he added. "Right now I'm looking at every school. I'm trying not to focus on just one. I'm keeping all my options open basically."
Butker talked about all four of his schools beginning with Auburn.
"Auburn has great football with great academics and a good liberal arts program," Butker said. "Georgia Tech is right by home and that would be great because I grew up a Georgia Tech fan. They also have great academics. Boston College is up north and that would be something new to see. It's a little bit cold but what do I know, I would probably like it. East Carolina is in the southeast and that would be great. I probably know the least about them."
Attending a junior day for his first look at Auburn, Butker said he had the opportunity to learn about the football program then. Because of that he said he and his family focused on the student part of student-athlete on Thursday by meeting with the head of the Honors Program and also talking to several people in the History Department.
"It was unbelievable," Butker said. "It exceeded my expectations. We mainly focused on the academic part of Auburn. It was just really awesome. It's just amazing. There's only good things to say about it.
"On my junior day we focused a lot on football and that's just amazing," he added. "I wanted to take a regular tour and see what school is all about. I wanted to see the Honors Program because hopefully I can do that if I go there. It was just awesome."
In addition to the academic side of things, Butker said he also enjoyed having the chance to get to spend time with the Auburn coaching staff and in particular special teams coach Jay Boulware.
"All of the coaches are great," Butker said. "They talk about family and it is really a family environment the way they treat everybody. Coach Boulware has been great with everything in getting me up there to see Auburn. It's just fantastic."
As a junior, Butker made 16 of 17 field goals with almost unlimited range. He finished the year strong as he made his last dozen field goals to help Westminster to the second round of the playoffs. Nine of his 16 field goals were from 41 yards or more and he made 20 of 22 extra points
A weapon on kickoffs, he had 47 touchbacks on 59 attempts and averaged 39.5 yards on 33 punts. Four of Butker's punts were more than 50 yards with six downed inside the opponent's 20. He averaged 67.3 yards per kickoff with a 3.87 hang time.