Butler Meets With Coach Rhoads

Even though Antelope Valley College's Troy Butler has opened up his recruitment, he is still strongly considering Iowa State and Wednesday afternoon he got to sit down and chat with their new head coach Paul Rhoads.

"Coach Rhoads just left my house and I thought it went well," said Butler. "He talked with me, my mom, and my brother for about two hours. He answered all of my questions and my mom had a few about academics which he also answered."

The 6-foot-1, 200-pound safety had only talked with Coach Rhoads once on the phone but came away with a solid first impression. "My family and I thought he was good person and that he would definitely take care of his players," he said. "I like that he's a defensive coach because I can relate to him more than an offensive head coach."

Butler has also talked new Iowa State secondary coach Chris Ash. "He told me that he's likely going to come out and visit me after the dead period," he said. "He's real excited and told me that he wanted the opportunity to coach me at Iowa State."

Troy feels that since Gene Chizik left Iowa State that his recruitment has essentially started over. "I had to start over and it's been really hectic around here," he said. "Coaches have been calling all the time and my cell phone bill was up to $274.00 last month."

Now that he has had the chance to talk with many schools, Troy has reduced his options down to four schools. "The four schools I'm considering are Iowa State, Kansas State, UTEP, and Tulsa," said Butler. "Iowa State is probably ahead of everyone because I've been there and I liked it."

Butler will take his second official visit this weekend. "I'll be going to Kansas State this weekend and then possibly UTEP and Tulsa the next two weekends," he said. "Coach (Bill) Snyder was out for a visit on Monday and I also talked to their defensive coordinator so I just want to go and see what Kansas State is like this weekend."

Butler was originally going to be a spring recruit at Iowa State but his plan has likely changed. "There is a chance that I would maybe enroll in the spring at Iowa State or Kansas State because you can enroll like ten days late but if I take all my visits then I'll likely enroll next fall."

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