From the Arizona Desert to the Blue Tundra

In 2001, Aaron Butler had an offer from Cal, and was getting lots of interest from his hometown Arizona Wildcats. But after 2 years at Pima CC, (1 RS year and 1 playing), Butler has decided to leave the Arizona Desert for the Blue Turf of Bronco Stadium. Without a RS season, he will be thrust into the mix immediately.<br><br>What are his chances of playing right away you ask? Well, if anything does hold him back, it sure won't be size, speed, or potential...<br><br>** Free TAP Trial **

Aaron Butler, WR
Pima College
Ht / Wt: 6-2 1/4, 196
Forty: 4.44
Shuttle: 4.09
Vertical: 35"
Bench: 19 reps @ 185

Aaron Butler, a RS-Sophomore from Pima Community College in Tucson, AZ has signed with the Broncos, and will be on campus for the Fall 04 football season with 3 years to play 3, as he redshirted his first year at Pima.  Bronco Coaches expect Aaron to contribute right away as he runs a legit 4.4 40, and at 6'2.5 / 200lbs the only thing that will hold him back is his ability to pick up the complex Bronco Offense.  Speaking on Boise's ESPN Radio, 1350AM KTIK, Bronco TE's Coach Brian Harsin said that Butler is a good kid, from a very good family, and that he is a perfect fit for what the Broncos run on offense, and with all the tools to shine, all he has to do is put it all together on the field for the Broncos.  Coach Harsin said that Cal and Arizona were still interested in Aaron, but that they wanted him to play one more season at Pima and put up some big numbers.  Butler wanted to go D1 this year and decided to sign with the Broncos instead of waiting for a shot at the Pac.

Butler, who just graduated from Pima CC this month, was overshadowed last year by fellow WR Brian Hare, who signed with Purdue.  Out of High School, Butler was a hidden gem on a 1-9 Catalina HS Football team that was called Tucson's worst.  He, however, was among the best recruits in the area, earning an offer from Cal, and interest from Arizona among others.  As a senior at Catalina, he ran back six kickoffs for touchdowns.  Butler was a Southern Arizona High School All-Star in 2001, and reportedly still looked the part of an All-Star at the Arizona JC combine May 22 of this year, (where the above stats were collected).  

Here is a direct quote from after the Arizona JC Combine in May..

Impressive! Somehow we got the impression that Aaron was ready for a summer departure from Pima. We were wrong, as he has one more season. Four-year colleges visiting Pima during spring loved his size and athleticism. At our combine he ran a 4.44 forty and a lights out 4.09 shuttle. His 19 reps at 185 and 35 1/2-inch vertical are nice marks too.

Luckily for Bronco fans, he was ready for a summer departure, and ended up in Boise over continued interest from Arizona and Cal.  In the 2003 Arizona Combine, Butler ran a 4.4 flat, and a 4.16 in the shuttle.

For even more information, here is a story from 2001 on his HS recruitment.

Bronco Country Top Stories