Adam Butler's inner circle of family and friends wants him to wait to choose a college. The 2012 Texas lineman understands the recruiting game and isn't so sure dragging it out will be beneficial.
"I know that colleges all the time pull the offers when someone else commits," the 6-foot-4 1/2, 285-pounder said. "I don't want to lose out on an offer from a schools I really like."
Scout.com rates the Duncanville High product as a as a two-star prospect on its five-star scale. He lists SMU, Vanderbilt, Iowa, North Texas and Utah State as his Top 5. He reports an offer from each.
"I would say my Top 2 are probably Vanderbilt and SMU," Butler said. "Vanderbilt is in the SEC and I would love to play in the toughest conference. SMU is right here. It's a good college. I know they put players in the NFL. I know this past season they put an offensive lineman in the NFL."
Butler still is in the process of getting to know Iowa through his lead recruiter at the school, Erik Campbell.
"We know each other and I like him," Butler said. "When it comes right down to it, the Big Ten and the SEC, those big conferences, they catch my attention. It's sort of like a hook, if you know what I mean. I'm definitely looking at them."
Butler said he planned to visit all five of his finalists. He has unofficially visited North Texas for a junior day and been to SMU when he was younger.
"He's a one-of-a-kind coach," Butler said. "I've never really seen a coach as passionate as him about the game of football. He really believes in his program. I like him as a person. He's a good person."
Butler played guard as a junior but will shift out to left tackle for his final prep season. He said he's felt more comfortable at guard but could play either in college. He began his high school career on the defensive line.
"My choice has to have a good academic program," Butler said for what he is looking in a school. "They have to have exposure as a program. Do they put offensive linemen in the NFL?"