Butler legacy continues in Athens

SUWANNEE – The legacy continues – the Butler will continue to do it at Georgia.

This time the younger Butler, Drew, will be the family member in the spotlight. The Peachtree Ridge punter committed to Georgia Tuesday, he said.

"I did it during school today," Butler said. "I let the coaches at Wake and Duke know that I was going to Georgia. I think the answer was clear. It is my dream school.

Butler was waiting to talk with his father, who was in Chicago watching the Bears go to the Super Bowl for the first time since he and the Super Bowl Shuffle team did it in 1986.

"I didn't want to make that decision without talking with my Dad," Butler said.

Butler is only the second scholarship specialty player of the Mark Richt Era. Andy Bailey, the other, has had mixed results – at best. Bailey's lack of production coupled with the Bulldogs' ability to develop walk-on kickers like Billy Bennett, Gordon Ely-Kelso and Brandon Coutu may have led the Dawgs to have the wait-and-see approach they have used. Still, Butler says he is excited to be a Dawg.

"Coach Richt let me know that they wanted me real bad," he said. "They know my personality, and they know that I am going to work hard. I think I have the right mindset to handle my father's legacy and to handle the scholarship offer."

Butler turned down his only other scholarship offer, Duke, in order to pick the Dawgs. He said Sunday that the Blue Devils had invested a lot of time in his recruitment and that he was seriously considering playing in Durham. The chance to play at Georgia, however, was too much to turn down.

"They are recruiting me as a punter," Butler added. "It is going to be a competition, but I am ready for it."

With Butler in the bag, the Bulldogs have concluded their recruitment of specialty players for the year. Now Georgia hopes to lure in Butler's high school teammate Cameron Heyward, a powerful defensive tackle who was named the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Defensive Player of the Year.

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