Butler gets his offer

ATHENS – Drew Butler visited Athens this weekend, and he got what he'd hoped for.

For Butler, form whom it is well know that his father was an All-American kicker for Georgia in the 1980s, a scholarship offer is all he wanted – he got just that this weekend.

"They offered me," Butler said.

But Butler has not committed to Georgia. The Bulldogs are the second school to offer him – the other is Duke.

"I have to sit down and think about it," Butler said. "I am going to have to go out and compete for the job wherever I go, and right now I am trying to put everything in perspective."

Georgia has been recruiting Butler as a punter. The last time, however, the Bulldogs offered a high school kicker or punter a scholarship the results were not what they hoped. Andy Bailey had been on scholarship since the 2003 season, and yet has never made a significant field goal or punt in his career.

That, plus Georgia's recent success in developing walk-on kickers and punters may be the reason the Bulldogs were hesitant to offer Butler until this late in the recruiting process.

Georgia, after all, has not gotten verbal commitments from the likes of Eric Berry and Chris Little, and players like Butler's high school teammate Cameron Heyward are still trying to decide where they want to go to school. Because those players have not committed to Georgia, Butler now has a spot waiting for him in Athens.

"I will commit in a week one or so, but I really think about it," he said. "Both are very attractive schools. Georgia is so big and they are looking at a national title here pretty soon. Duke is starting to try to turn their program around to start competing for championships."

Butler said this weekend went well because the focus was on him, not a high-profile high school teammate of his – Heyward.

"It was all about me, which was a big deal for me," Butler admitted. "I understand about asking about Cameron, but I wanted to know where I fit in at Georgia."

As for Duke, Butler says the Blue Devils are a very attractive program for him.

"It's important to me that Duke was the first school to offer," he said. "They are thinking about me a lot. Education is very important to me. Duke is turning things around up there. If I went to Duke I think I would be the punter right off."

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