Butler Starts Tour of Favorite Schools

Mario Butler is a big-time cornerback from St Augustine, Fla. Thursday afternoon he began a recruiting tour of his favorite schools with a stop in Atlanta, Ga. After visiting the Yellow Jackets, he's heading up I-85 to visit a couple more schools on Friday.

Mario Butler is a big-time cornerback from St Augustine, Fla. Thursday afternoon he began a recruiting tour of his favorite schools with a stop in Atlanta, Ga. After visiting the Yellow Jackets, he's heading up I-85 to visit a couple more schools on Friday.

Mario has previously only visited UCF and the visit to Georgia Tech on Thursday, according to Mario is, "my first unofficial visit there."

Butler was on campus just after noon on Thursday and visited for over 3 hours. Butler was accompanied by two others. "I had my coach and my cousin," said Butler.

Mario spent a lot of time with the Tech coaches while on his visit and got to see a lot of the campus.

"I really enjoyed it," said Butler. "I had a lot of time to spend with the coaches. I talked to really just about everybody but I spent most of my time with Coach [Buddy] Geis and Coach [John] Tenuta. We just toured everywhere; the whole campus and all the facilities. We talked to the academic counselor. I talked to a couple of players. I talked to Pat Clark."

Butler, who says he's collected over 25 offers, continues his campus visits tomorrow before heading back home.

"I'm going to Clemson and South Carolina tomorrow," said Butler.

Mario was able to name a group of favorite schools at this time.

"I have like a top 7 or something like that," said Butler. "Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech, Ohio State, Clemson, South Carolina, Maryland, and Louisville. Everybody's pretty much even right now."

Butler described his factors for choosing a school as, "Coaching, the academic part and just how I get along with the coaches and player; academics first."

Distance from home is not a big deciding factor for Butler and neither is competition from the depth charts.

"I look at the depth [chart] but I feel like with my ability I feel like I can go and play anywhere pretty much," said Butler. "It's not going to decide which school I go to."

Mario's summer plans don't end with the trip to the states of Georgia and South Carolina.

"I'm going up to Virginia Tech and Maryland to visit them," said Butler. "I fly into Washington, to my cousin's house, at the end of the month. While I'm up there I'm going to go to Maryland and hopefully Virginia Tech."

Butler says he's probably going to be done with the recruiting process before school starts.

"It's going to be in July," said Butler. "I'm just going by all the schools I'm thinking about."

With July just around the corner Mario was asked how he'd narrow his list down from 7 in that time.

"I haven't really decided yet," said Butler. "If it stays like this I'll stay with this list. If I feel like a team needs to be dropped, I'm going to drop them."

What would have to happen for Butler to drop a school off his current favorites list?

"Just how I react with the coaches; something like that," said Butler. "Just if anything goes wrong. Usually if I just feel like I like a school more than the other school."

Continue to follow Scout.com for comments on Butler's other visit as he nears closer to a July decision.


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