Visit Answers Several Questions For Butler

When head coach David Cutcliffe took over the reigns from Ted Roof and staff the first order of business was the recruiting trail. Not only did he have to work on several big time athletes, he had to secure some wavering commitments. South Carolina defensive back Lee Butler was in that group, but is he still unsure about Duke after the weekend's visit?

"It was just a great overall visit," said Lee Butler of Anderson (S.C.) Westside High. "There really is a new level at Duke with the new coaching staff. After the weekend, Duke is my number one school."

Despite the positive feedback, Butler still expects to take one more official visit - this weekend to Georgia Tech to visit with new coach Paul Johnson and his program. However, the 5'11, 175lbs prospect says it'll take a lot for the Yellow Jackets to entice him to void on his verbal commitment to the Blue Devils.

"I'm going to see what they have to say at Tech because they have my major. I really want to go into engineering, and their program is one of the best for that. They started recruiting me pretty good when Coach Johnson and his staff came in, and I'm committed to making a visit there. But, Duke is Duke and a degree from there will be pretty tough to beat."

Long considered to be the most tenuous of the Duke verbal pledges, Butler explains his reasoning for not completely closing off his recruiting process when he committed back in June. Since that time he has received offers from Georgia Tech, Maryland, Air Force, and Louisville

"It was just a big concern with the old coaches and the ability to really turn things around. The new staff is totally different. They are all young guys who are really energetic and all about the players becoming the best they can be. They aren't just talking about change, they are making people believe that they will change things and turn the Duke program into a winner."

Not only is the pitch more believable to Butler, the background and experience level of the new additions to Coach Cutcliffe's staff.

"They've had several guys make it to the biggest and best level. They have coaches from the Cowboys and Saints up there, as well as coaches who played in the NFL. When they tell you they know what it takes, you have to believe them. They are just a great bunch of coaches - the best I've seen."

And like their leader, the new coaches re-enforced the major requirement to be a football player in the new era of the program.

"They really like the fact that I can run. I run a 4.3 forty and they were really excited about that. Our class is going to have a lot of guys who really fly around the field. Next year they are going to bring in more guys who can run so that in a year or two Duke will have a lot of team speed."

During the weekend Butler was hosted by rising senior Re'quan Boyette, and spent a lot of time with fellow recruits Matt Roark and new commit Johnny Williams.

"Re'quan was pretty cool, and I really liked hanging out with Matt and Johnny. On Saturday I kind of knew that he was going to commit, and we were talking about our class coming in with a lot of backfield speed. We talked to Matt about it as well. For a guy as big as he is to have his kind of speed and quickness, it just really strong. He's a big time athlete."

One player that wasn't on the visit with him, however, will no doubt be attempting to get in touch with Lee in the near future to go over the visit and talk about his coming trip to Georgia Tech.

"Matt [Daniels] and I have gotten really close over the last 6 months or so. We talk a lot and I think we'll be roommates at Duke."

But first, Butler has one more trip to take.


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