And when it came time to put pen to paper, the six-foot-two Butler decided to sign with Louisville.
He verbally committed to Louisville first, then took some other visits, flirting with Lou Holtz and South Carolina and Jeff Bower's Southern Miss Golden Eagles, who thought they'd be the one's celebrating his commitment today.
But in the end, Butler's relationship with his future position coach, Mike Cassity, appears to have been the deciding factor.
"It was essentially his relationship with Mike Cassity," Clay High assistant coach and Athletic Director Matt Lewis said shortly after the signing ceremony. "He was really impressed with the coach and the facilities at Louisville and it was just the most comfortable place for him in the end."
Butler made 110 tackles, 8 sacks, 17 tackles for loss and caused 9 fumbles as a senior. He was named to the Clay County Super 11 team in 2002 and 2003. Recorded 93 tackles and caused four fumbles as a junior.