Frederick Douglass (Upper Marlboro, Md.) senior Devin Butler dreamed of playing quarterback at the next level. A 6-foot-3, 190-pounder with a potent right arm and plenty of speed to boot, he saw himself as potentially another Mike Vick.
Well, a couple Division I programs such as Toledo are giving him that chance, but after a June 24 camp at the University of Maryland, Butler may be having second thoughts about lining up under center at the next level.
“Coach Mike Locksley at Maryland called my coach [June 23] and wanted to know if I could come to their camp and work out as a safety,” said Butler, who holds offers from Toledo, Morgan State, Delaware State and other I-AAs. “He wanted me to run the 40 [yard dash], and train with the DBs. So I ended up running a 4.47 40 and doing really well in drills, and after I finished the workout the head coach [Randy Edsall] had a personal talk with me. He asked me if I could see myself playing at Maryland and I said, ‘Of course.’ Then he offered me a scholarship.”
Naturally, Butler was ecstatic. He didn’t take the offer on the spot, but he’s thinking long and hard about playing safety for the hometown school.
“Honestly, the offer was special, coming from Maryland. I felt relieved, but also really good, because I really had to work for this offer,” Butler said. “I mean, I’m a quarterback; that’s all I’ve ever played. But I went out there as a raw safety and just worked my tail off. So to go out there with all those other safeties, and for me to be the one to get the offer, it was special – real special. I really can’t say enough about Maryland right now.
“I definitely am interested in them. I have to talk to my mom first and see what she thinks, but I’m definitely interested.”
Butler said defensive backs coach Darrell Perkins spent plenty of time watching over him. In fact, the Douglass product said he and Perkins worked one-on-one for a portion of the camp.
“Coach Perkins is a great coach; he really knows what he’s doing. I learned so much from him [June 24],” Butler said. “Coach Perkins liked my ball-tracking skills, my speed, my athleticism. He said I need to work on my footwork, but he said he could help me with that. He really took a lot of time out to help me when he didn’t need to. I could definitely see myself playing for him.”
The local athlete was last in College Park, Md., two years ago for a quarterback camp and a tour. He said he likes the campus, the program and its proximity to his home, but just didn’t think UMD would actually recruit him.
“I mean, Maryland is right down the street. My mom and my friends can all come see me play,” Butler said. “Then the hometown movement thing, it’s really picking up around here. Dwayne Haskins from Bullis [Potomac, Md.] is going there, so that’s big. I feel like if Maryland takes all of us [DMV recruits], we can be special.”
Now that he has the scholarship, Butler plans to talk it over with this mother and coach before setting up a return trip. There’s a strong possibility he could commit during his next trip to campus.
“I don’t have a clear idea when I’m going to [commit], so I’m just happy to have the offer right now,” said Butler, who is exclusively a quarterback at Douglass and threw for 800 yards, rushed for 1,000 and had 29 combined touchdowns. “One thing is I want to run track in college too, so I’ll be talking to my track coach and ask him to call Maryland to see if I can run track there. So that’s one factor I have to think about before I [commit]. But right now Maryland is looking pretty good.”
Butler Snags Terps Offer, Commitment Coming?
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