Butler Ready To Sign With Duke

Lex Butler, cornerback from Anderson-Westside, N.C., missed his senior year of football. He updated his rehab, strong ties to Duke and coaching staff.

"I tore my Achilles back in August and missed my entire senior year," Lex Butler said. "I had the surgery a week and a half after I tore it, went through rehab, and am now close to 100 percent. I should be ready to go this fall."

Bulter built a strong bond with the coaching staff early in the process.

"Coach Derek Jones recruits me," he said. "We're really close, and one thing I do like about him is that he'll be my position coach when I arrive on campus. When I had my surgery, he spoke to me on the phone right before I went under the knife."

The absence from the gridiron last season may cause Butler to take a redshirt in 2009.

"A lot will depend on if I'm ready, in terms of recovery from my injury," he explained. "This fall, I will have been away from football for a whole year, so it's probably going to take some time to get back into the swing of things. We'll see. If I'm ready I'll push for playing time. If not, I'll redshirt."

Butler is currently 5-foot-10.5 and 167 pounds. He describes his strengths as "tackling ability and instincts." He seeks to improve in size, "breaking on the ball and making reads."

Butler explains the reasons for choosing the Blue Devils.

"Mainly I like the coaching staff and the academics part," he said. "The third thing is, it's easier on my family with brother Lee Butler (CB) already being at Duke, so my mom and dad don't have to split up every weekend to follow us throughout the season."

"Finally, Duke stayed with me and kept their offer firm despite the injury. That shows that the staff has a lot of character, and it made my commitment to Duke even stronger."

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