Four-star DE Butler makes the switch

It's official. Kissemmee (FL) Osceola four-star defensive lineman B.J. Butler has made the switch. A one-time Georgia commit, the nation's 28th-rated defensive end will play his college football in the Big East.

Folana Butler, the mother of four-star defensive end B.J. Butler, says her son will play college football for Charlie Strong at the University of Louisville.

"Yes, it's my understanding he did [commit] because I talked to Coach Strong two weeks ago and he asked me if we'd accept the offer," said Butler. "I said 'that's B.J.'s choice and B.J said 'I'm going to Louisville mom.'"

It seemed a certainty once Strong went to Louisville that Butler would follow. A one-time Georgia commitment, Butler is rated the the No. 28 defensive end nationally and the No. 50 overall prospect in Florida.

"It's not a probability, it's more a guarantee [he's going to Louisville] to be honest with you," Butler said. "I threw out different scenarios and questions to him and he's saying that's where he's going to go. I support his [decision] and I'm behind him 120 percent."

Butler, a 6-3, 255-pound prospect blessed with 4.7 forty-speed, possesses the physical tools to become a star at Louisville. Butler played quarterback, linebacker, wide receiver and defensive end at Osceola HS.

"He hasn't talked about Georgia since Coach Strong let him know that he was in Louisville," Butler said. "He's excited about playing football for Coach Strong at Louisville. He always liked Coach Strong when he was at Florida but he did not want to stay in the state of Florida. Georgia was his first option until Coach Strong went to [Louisville]. Since that happened it's been totally Louisville. I kid you not."

Since winning the 2007 Orange Bowl, Louisville's program took a nose-dive in three seasons under Steve Kragthorpe. Strong intends to have the Cardinals competing again soon for the Big East championship and Butler could be a player to help make that happen.

"Coach Strong told me that him and B.J. Can turn this thing around [in Louisville]," Butler said.

Butler plans to depart Florida Friday afternoon, whether permitting, of course, for his official visit to Louisville. Louisville was hit by 3-5 inches of snow Thursday. It's a big recruiting weekend for the Cardinals, who are expected to host more than 15 prospects on official visits.

With a commitment to report from Butler, Louisville's recruiting weekend is already off to a big, early start.


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