Butler visited Illinois during the season, but this time around he got a much better feel for the school as a whole.
"Well first off I got to meet the new offensive line coach which was great, but I really got to get a hold on the school itself, not just football," he said. "The players preached about how much they loved the school and how much it meant to be an Illini which was awesome."
New Illinois offensive line coach Jim Bridge really made a positive impact on Butler, whether it was his straight forward approach or his excitement.
"Well, he straight up told me his coaching philosophy which was to play Big Ten football and beat people up which I liked," Butler said. "I also liked that he told me that I fit into his system well and he liked the way I played. Overall he was a very nice guy and I'm excited to get recruited by him."
As a whole, the coaching staff stressed the importance of keeping the best players in state. Butler really appreciated the emphasis of the staff on keeping the best inside the borders.
"It means a lot definitely wanting to keep Illinois kids in state and it just shows how much talent we have around here," he said. "It's also good that you feel like its your home town team and they want you to stay home and represent them."
And with the positive vibe he got from the visit, Butler feels an offer is a definite possibility in the future.
"Definitely. They said they loved my tape and my game and they wanted me to build a relationship with the new coach before we went any further," Butler said. "But talking with Coach Beck (Beckman) and Coach Golesh they really like me and I think one could be in the near future."