"I'm looking forward to seeing a beautiful place that loves me and I love back," Akilian said Wednesday evening. "Things have been good since I committed and I'm very fortunate to be in this position."
The 5-foot-10, 179-pound Butler reiterated the fact that a pledge from four-star quarterback Brett Rypien (Spokane, Wash.) just two days prior to his commitment was a key point in his decision. Holding offers from Baylor, Clemson and Colorado at the time, Rypien's influence was crucial.
"I like him as a person," Butler said. "I reached out to him after I committed and he helped me along."
In fact, Butler has been doing plenty of reaching out to fellow Boise State commits.
"You can get to know each other just by talking," he said, mentioning how comfortable he already feels with his future teammates.
The one person Butler isn't necessarily recruiting is his brother, a newly-minted four-star cornerback who has Boise State as one of his top schools. With 25 other offers, including colleges such as Arkansas, Notre Dame and Miami, Josh has plenty of options.
"I'm the younger brother," Akilian Butler said. "I just want him to go where he wants to go. Wherever he wants to go is his decision. But I would love the play with my brother."
The Bronco coaching staff will certainly put on the full-court press with Josh and will hope to reel him in soon.