Butler's Return Instrumental in Win

SPARTANBURG - Clemson verbal commitment Crezdon Butler felt right at home Saturday as he had a big punt return that helped North Carolina win the 69th annual Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas.

CUTigers.com spoke with the 4-star prospect after his second big win in as many weeks.

How did it feel to come down to South Carolina and beat the home team today?
Crezdon Butler: It feels pretty good. Just coming down to what will be my home state next year. We played hard out here. We played hard as a team and that's how you get the job done.

What was the Shrine Bowl experience like this week?
Crezdon Butler: It was a great experience. I got to room with a bunch of guys that don't really know you but take you in. It felt great.

Can you talk about being in the room with Chris Hairston when he committed this week to Clemson?
Crezdon Butler: I was in there. I didn't say anything to him. He just came up and told me, 'I want to go to Clemson also' and I said great job.

What will you be doing over the next few months to prepare for Clemson?
Crezdon Butler: I will be lifting weights and getting ready for next year in college. That kind of stuff.

How does it feel to win the Shrine Bowl just a week after winning the state championship?
Crezdon Butler: It feels great. I haven't really had time to celebrate that state championship win but I am going to celebrate when I get home.

Can you tell us about the big punt return you had today to setup North Carolina's second touchdown?
Crezdon Butler: I took it off the bounce and I saw the hole. It opened up real good. I never get caught from behind. I was kind of upset about that.

What was your visit to the hospital like on Sunday?
Crezdon Butler: It was great. We weren't playing for ourselves this week. We were playing for those kids. We did that and we won for them.

What will it be like to switch over to defense next year?
Crezdon Butler: I was ready to play some defense this game. I wanted to pick some balls off today. It just didn't work out for me to play defense today.

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