Devils To Host Kicking Prospect This Weekend

As soon as the 2006 football season was over the need for the Duke coaching staff to improve the kicking game was apparent. The Blue Devils lost at least two games as a direct result of inconsistency in that area. Since that time the Blue Devils have made big time strides towards one of the Peach State's better prospects.

"I am planning on visiting Duke next weekend," said Suwanee (Ga.) Peachtree's Drew Butler. "I am also going to visit Georgia the next weekend, and I am looking at setting up a visit to Wake Forest as well."

Right now Duke is the only school of the three to offer Butler a scholarship. Georgia would prefer that he enroll as an invited walk-on, while Wake Forest has yet to make a decision regarding an offer. As such, it's been predictable that Duke has been in contact the most.

"I probably talk to Coach Spencer more than anyone. He's the coach who first found out about me, and we've built a good relationship over the last month or so. The next step is getting up to Durham and seeing everything at Duke first hand."

Still, the Blue Devils may have some work to do to win over the younger Butler, as the elder was a standout kicker in Athens before moving on to the NFL. However, that tie to the Bulldogs won't factor in according to Drew.

"I'm going to make my own decision, and that's what my dad wants me to do. I really like what Duke offers in terms of the best academics, and they were young this past year. They lost a couple games that could have gone either way. If they had been able to win those games, who knows what would have happened."

Butler converted 10-of-17 field goal attempts on the season overall, and 10-of-12 from inside 47 yards. He also found work as the Lions' punter, kicking more than 40 times for a net average of 41.3 yards per kick.


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