Butler's looking to impress coaches

Big cornerbacks that can lock down the opposing receivers are in high demand on the college level, and one of Louisiana's best corners that fits that criteria is Brother Martin's Karl Butler.

Butler, a 6-foot-1, 190-pounder with reported 4.55 speed, picked off four passes and broke up 25 more as a junior. He also made 23 stops for Brother Martin’s squad that finished 9-1 on the year with a disappointing 13-7 loss to Central to end the Crusades’ campaign in the Regional round of the state playoffs.


The standout corner received several honors following his junior season as Butler was a Coaches’ Second Team All-State selection, and he also earned All-Metro and 9-5A First Team All-District honors.


Thus far, Butler has one scholarship offer in hand and is waiting on the paperwork to make another one official.


“SMU said they were working on an offer so I’m just waiting on the paperwork then last week I got an offer from Vanderbilt,” Butler said.


Other schools that are expressing an interest in Butler are LSU, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Minnesota, Auburn, Stanford and Mississippi State.


Due to his commitment to track, Butler has taken only one unofficial visit when he made the trip to Baton Rouge for LSU's junior day on Jan. 31. He was one of the many prospects that made it in that weekend and that was his first chance to get an inside look at the program.


“They gave us a lot of good information about the recruiting process that you didn’t know about before, and then we saw all of the facilities,” he said. “LSU is the best of the best and top of the line all the way around from the academic center to the weight room.


“I talked to coach (Ron) Cooper (secondary) some, but there really wasn’t a lot of one on one,” added Butler. “They’re showing some interest but right now it’s just the letters and nothing real big.”


The interest in Butler may not be as strong as he would like, but after the junior campaign he had it may only be a matter of time before LSU and others turn up the heat.


Rather than get down because he isn’t getting as much attention from the home state school as he would like Butler uses it as motivation.


“Once I’m getting the coaches’ interest from LSU then that’s when I’ll know that I’m good enough to have every school from around the country pursue me,” said Butler. “LSU is always up there and top ranked so once they let me know something then I know things will pick up.


“I’m not going to sit around and get down though, because I look at it as I just need to work harder and show LSU and some others that I have what it takes to play. Nothing is handed to you and I’m going to go out and work and earn the recognition from LSU and some others.”


College coaches will be hitting the road for the spring evaluation period in about five weeks. When they make their way over to Brother Martin they will see a cornerback that has a lot of the skills they covet.


“I know you’re not supposed to read the quarterback much, but I’m good at reading what he’s going to do and breaking on the ball,” said Butler. “I’m big enough to engage with the receiver at the line and I have good ball skills. I pride myself on being more physical than the receivers. I need to work on my tackling some but I think my cover skills make up for that some.”

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