Schools already know Akilian Butler is not interested in wavering. His mind’s made up “I’ve definitely lost contact with a lot of schools,” said the three-star player more versatile than a Swiss Army knife. “Nobody is currently trying to recruit me.
“It feels great that I can focus on my high school team and help us achieve all of our goals and make history.”
Not wanting to look too far ahead, Butler (5’11”, 180) dedicated his entire summer to making sure his last year with the Wranglers is a memorable one. He attended no camps and took no additional visits following his commitment. He chose to work out exclusively with his team during the summer instead of using a personal trainer, which has become the popular thing to do for players of his caliber.
“I just want to get my team to state, that’s it,” he said when asked about his personal goals. “I want to do all that I can to get us past the fourth round. My school has gotten to the fourth round before but never past there. I want to help us make history.”
In 2013, Butler caught 37 passes for 447 yards and five touchdowns as he helped lead West Mesquite to the playoffs. For his efforts, he was named 10-4A First-Team All-District.
Blessed with 4.51 40-yard dash speed and excellent quickness to make sudden, subtle changes at the top of his routes, Butler looks like the prototypical slot receiver. But he isn’t worried about the specifics. He simply wants to make sure he’s ready when the time comes.
“I’m trying to get bigger, stronger and faster,” said Butler, who says the Broncos staff has mentioned wanting to use his quickness on the field early in his time at Boise. “At the next level, you need to be bigger, so I’m trying.” With a 3.5 GPA and plans to major in accounting, Butler placed a big importance on finding a school that also had good academics, but the biggest draw for him was the feeling he got when meeting the team and coaching staff.
“The chemistry that I had with the team was just incredible,” he said. “I felt like I was at home when I talked to people. My relationship with the staff is great too. They were genuine and down to earth. Everything felt right.”