Louisville eyeing Florida linebackers

Louisville is searching throughout the state of Florida for some talented linebacker prospects. Miramar (FL) Everglades coach Josh Shapiro has a pair of standout linebackers that have drawn the attention of the Cardinals coaching staff.

Roderic Blunt, a 6-2, 225-pound three-star outside linebacker, and Devon Butler, a hard-hitting 5-10, 215-pound inside linebacker, are both receiving interest from Louisville.

"He's one of our anchors on defense," Shapiro said of Blunt. "He's having a good season and helped us knock off some ranked teams earlier this season. He's doing a good job."

Blunt holds offers from South Carolina, Wisconsin, Purdue and FIU. Florida State and Clemson are waiting to see about Blunt's academic status. Penn State, UConn and Louisville have been in contact recently.

"Most coaches say if he gets his grades right they'll be on him," Shapiro said. "He's an impact player. He hits hard, chases down plays and causes turnovers. He does it all. He's definitely a big-time linebacker. He's one of the fastest guys on our defense."

Devon Butler

The Everglades coaching staff has some ties with Louisville. Former Louisville defensive back Rick McFadden is an assistant coach at the school and Christ Vagotis, a former Louisville assistant under Howard Schnellenberger, also is a member of the coaching staff.

"Louisville was in during the spring and spent a day at school," Shapiro said. "We've got two linebackers – Roderic Blunt and Devon Butler – that they were interested in. They called again the other day and inquired. In my opinion any school that doesn't recruit these kids is missing out. But I understand academics are a part of it."

According to Shapiro, academics could play a big role in both players' recruitments. If both prospects clear academic hurdles, they'll be widely pursued prospects this winter.

"If (Roderic) gets his academics right he's going to be an SEC, Big 10 or ACC type of kid," Shapiro said. "He's got the body and the speed for it."

Butler has offers from Middle Tennessee and Central Michigan. Kansas State is talking about sending an offer and Colorado State wants Butler to visit before signing day.

"He's actually our defensive MVP from last year," said Shapiro. "He had over 110 tackles in nine games and double-digit sacks. Some of the big schools are waiting to see but instinctively he's the real deal. He's probably more of a MIKE because of his build."

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