Butler Receives Attention, Accolades

Fresh off his second season as a starting high school quarterback, Brad Butler is steadily garnering attention.

In two seasons as the starter at Darlington High School, Butler has a career record of 19-7.

Only a rising junior, he's already been invited to play in next season's "Rising Senior Bowl" in Atlanta next January. And he's also hearing from schools around the South.

"I'm getting a lot of letters from Georgia," he said. "I'm getting letters from Auburn, Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia."

Butler's already impressive resume—coupled with his 6-foot-2, 205-pound frame—has accelerated the attention.

He quarterbacked Darlington to the state semifinals as a freshman in 2009. Last season, the team was knocked out in the second round and finished 10-2.

"I thought I played very well," he said. "I think I had, including the playoffs, 21 touchdown passes and four interceptions. Even though we threw a lot more this year I cut down my interceptions. I had eight last year and cut it down to four this year."

With the letters and accolades pouring in so early in Butler's development, a few obvious questions tend to be asked: When will a school extend an offer? Do you think about getting offers?

"I mean, I don't try to push it out of the way," Butler said. "I do during the season, but during the offseason it's a motivating factor. I'm trying to get better for my team and to win a state championship. But it's in the back of my mind, knowing that I'm working toward getting an offer."

Still, Butler, who visited Georgia for the Georgia Tech game, has two full seasons to reach his goal of receiving college offers. For now, he's humbled to be in contact with college coaches.

"I think it's a big deal. I mean, I've worked really hard and it's paying off," Butler said. "It feels good to get recognition for my hard work."

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