"I just talked to Coach (Jim) Reid," Butler said Thursday afternoon. "He said that he really likes my sophomore film and he wants to get me there to time me in the 40."
Iowa continued recruiting Butler while others backed off. Assistant Lester Erb liked what he saw at Bartlett during the running back's sophomore season.
Iowa then lost touch with Butler this winter when Erb was let go by the school. Reid picked things back up this spring when he was hired to recruit the Chicago area for the Hawkeyes.
"I really liked Coach Erb," Butler said. "He was really in tune with my situation and he really understood where I was coming from. But Coach Reid seems to be just like that. He knows my situation pretty well, too."
While he's hoping to impress scouts at summer camps, Butler believes he'll have to show college coaches senior film to get the offers he wants.
"I'm not sure if many schools will pull the trigger right now," he said. "I'll probably just wait until the end of the year (to commit) and see what schools decide to come in."
It's been a tough time away from competition for Butler, whose last game action came in 2011.
"It feels good," he said. "Our team finally started practicing and I can finally run with the first-team now. That always feels good."