Butler Makes Decision

Brice Butler has had football in his blood all his life. Growing up, he remembers the time he spent with his dad watching Florida State football games on television. Everyone knows that his father played for Florida State but was it enough to lure the five-star wide receiver down south?

"In what might be considered a shocker to some people I have decided to attend Southern Cal," Brice Butler said.

Butler is a 6-3, 190-pound wide receiver prospect from Norcross (Ga.) with 4.4 speed. He is a member of the Scout.com Top 100, checking in at No. 36 overall, and he is the nation's No. 6-rated wide receiver prospect.

Butler was looking at Arizona State, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LUS, Penn State and Southern Cal but in the end, it was between Florida State and Southern Cal.

Head Coach Pete Carroll has had one of the greatest recruiting runs in the history of college football over the last couple of years. I know you wanted to be a part of a great class but what else sold you on Southern Cal?

"The history and the record that Coach Carroll has put together over the last five or six years is amazing. I love the atmosphere, campus, players and all the other coaches."

With your dad having played at Florida State, can you talk a little bit about how difficult a decision this was for you and your family?

"It was not a hard decision at all. When I went to Southern Cal, I just knew that was the place that I was going to be. My dad is very happy about my decision and believes that they give me the best chance to succeed."

What has Coach Carroll and the staff told you about how they see you fitting into the style offense they run?

"The staff definitely feels like I can come in and make an impact early. I just need to come in and work hard and do the things that I know I can do. They told me that I would play the Steve Smith position, or the Z position. I am not 6-5 and all the guys that play the X position need to be in the 6-5 range."

What is your message to the Southern Cal fans?

"Brice Butler is coming in to work hard. I catch anything that is thrown my way and I do not drop balls. Normally, I am open because I run great routes. I know I will need to continue to work but that is what I am about. The fans can expect to see me make big plays in this offense."

How excited are you to have this process over with?

"I am very excited to have the recruiting process behind me now. I can focus all my attention on my senior year of high school, my last year of high school. Our team is focused to put it all together on the field and make a run at the state title."

Pete Carroll and the rest of the staff are in the middle of another great recruiting class, especially at the skill positions. In 2005, it was the No. 1 ranked wide receiver in Patrick Turner.

In 2006, Carroll and company landed yet again the nations No. 1 ranked wide receiver in Vidal Hazelton as well as David Ausberry (five-Star) and thee four-star receivers with Jamere Holland, Travon Patterson and Brandon Carswell. This year the class of '08 is stacking up to be extremely special at the wide receiver position. Five-star Brice Butler joins the nation's No. 3-ranked wide receiver in D.J. Shoemate as well as four-star Chris Polk.

Jamie Newberg: Butler runs great routes for a player at this stage and has even better hands. He is off the line of scrimmage and down the field quickly. Butler is quick out of his cuts and shows excellent concentration. He is just a wonderful talent. Butler is the son of long time Atlanta Falcons Bobby Butler.

Miller Safrit: Butler is smooth receiver. He runs exceptional routes and he has great feet. Butler also has uncanny ability to get separation off the ball.

Allan Wallace: Brice Butler is one of those wide-outs with a nose for the end zone. That's where he uses his excellent vertical ability, competitive instincts and superior hands to outmuscle defenders in traffic. He shows great awareness of the ball and adjusts well in the air to position himself for receptions. Butler's also a strong route-runner who shows good athleticism and the ability to make strong one-plant cuts.

Butler becomes the 13th commitment for the class of 2008 at USC. Of the 13 verbals, nine of them play on the offensive side of the ball.

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