Butterfield Accepts Preferred Walk-On

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Austin Butterfield of Grandview High School (Aurora, Colo.) is joining the Kansas State Wildcats next season. The 6-foot-4, 215-pound tight end accepted a preferred walk-on role with an excellent chance of earning a scholarship down the road. He spoke to KStatefans.com about his decision to play for the 'Cats.

"It's always felt like home for me," said Butterfield of Kansas State. "I've got family out there. Both of my parents attended college there. They were ecstatic with my decision. I think my dad started tearing up a little.

"My recruiter (to Kansas State) was Taylor Braet. "I went to camp June 9th through the 12 and did well. I felt like I performed at my highest level. Kansas State said (at camp) I moved well and I'm valuable because I can get down in a three-point stance, split out in the slot, or make good catches on routes."

Butterfield had 10 receptions for 100 yards and one touchdown in his senior year for Wolves football. He was named first team All-Centennial League and a first team All-State (Colorado Class 5A) punter.

"We played in a two-tight end set," Butterfield said. "Four of my ten receptions were in the red zone. I'd say it was about 50-50 with my blocking to route running. I got better with my physicality, aggressiveness, and getting off of jams by the linebackers and defensive ends."

The Wolves advanced to the semifinals of the Class 5A state championship in 2012. Butterfield was honored at his high school on National Signing Day.

"I had two pieces of papers to sign," he said. "It was one of the best days of my life."

"I'll be arriving on campus in mid-June. My goal is to learn the system, get a good connection going with my new teammates, and work my way up the depth chart."

Butterfield chose to play at Kansas State over an offer from Augustana (Ill.) College and a preferred walk-on from Colorado Mesa with Drake coming on late. If Butterfield needs any home cooking while he's away, his grandmother lives just down the road in Clay Center.

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