After a successful offseason, Etiwanda (Calif.) cornerback Treyjohn Butler continues to grow as a player, and his recruiting profile is mirroring that progression. Currently ranked as a four-star prospect and the No. 12 cornerback in the country, Butler is looking to harness the momentum he has built heading into his junior season.
“[The] offseason was great for me,” Butler told GoBlueWolverine.com. “Got out to a lot of camps, I made my way out to Stanford for their camp. Just (to establish) all my stars this year and all my rankings. I’ve received my first few offers from several schools and interest from other schools. For myself, for my junior year I want a big come out year and show my name even more.”
Given the amount of talent on the Etiwanda Eagles’ roster this year, Butler feels that a championship is a reasonable goal this season. In order to accomplish that objective, Butler will be relied upon to make plays—something he is very familiar with.
“Last year it was a big year to focus on myself and perfecting my craft at my preferred position,” said Butler. “This year I’m going to be all over the field. I’m a true ball player. That’s what I love to do. I’m on the field at all times, so punt blocking, punt returns, kick returns, offense and getting some touches in the backfield… playing corner and going free, which I’m going to play at all times and guard their team’s best player and make a difference for my team.”
Although Butler is receiving the majority of his recruiting interest at cornerback, the 5-foot-10, 180-pound athlete has the ability to slide back to safety if need be. Over the offseason, Butler showed off his adaptable traits on several occasions and fielded positive reports as a result.
“I’m a versatile defensive back and I can do it all, but I’ve been getting recruited to play corner,” Butler said. “Some schools have had the opportunity to see me practice and see me play safety, including my versatile range when I’m covering from sideline to sideline. Schools like Arizona, they thought about the opportunity of potentially recruiting me to play safety. USC also was curious if I could go back and forth, but primarily right now it’s at corner.”
Wherever Butler does line up in college, the talented prospect intends to make an impact on the field, much as he did last year, racking up 35 tackles and 7 interceptions. Butler has set quite a few lofty goals for himself in 2014 as well.
“Individual goals that I’ve got set are at least ten kick returns to the house, at least ten punt blocks and ten punt returns,” said Butler. “I’m trying to—I know it will be hard this year for myself to get interceptions because of the statements I made last year, but I’m going for ten interceptions also.”
As a result of his play on the field, Butler has begun hearing from programs across the country. Already holding offers from Cal, Washington and Washington State, Butler has begun to branch his sights out even further.
“The school I’m hearing the most from is Washington State,” said Butler. “I hear from Colorado, Stanford stys in contact with me, also UCLA, USC, Arizona, Arizona State, Texas A&M, Notre Dame, Michigan, Northwestern, Tennessee and that’s about it.”
Although the Wolverines have not experienced the success in recruiting the West coast that they would like, Michigan is once again pursuing a highly-talented defensive back in Butler.
“With the Michigan Wolverines, my relationship with them right now is just getting to know the coaches and also the recruiter giving my information on the school academically and sports-wise,” said Butler. “[He’s] breaking it down, like the atmosphere, the type of stadium and arena I would be in if I were to come there. Overall, giving me more information to go back and look up for myself and to gather more information on whether or not I like the school or not.”
Given the distance between California and Michigan, Butler does not have an abundant amount of knowledge about the Wolverines’ program. However, with the help of his primary recruiter, tight ends/special teams coach Dan Ferrigno, Butler is learning more and more about the Maize and Blue.
“I know that they have a very dedicated style to how they ran in the past and how they are a powerhouse team and they have a lot of playmakers on the team,” said Butler. “I just look at that. I know academically-wise, from the coaches speaking to me, that it’s a big factor for each of the athletes to get their education; and at the same time they’re getting involved on the field.”
As Butler continues to make a name for himself, other schools will surely come forward with offers. Michigan may be one of those schools, and, if so, the Wolverines will have a fighter’s shot at pulling the highly-touted corner from out West.
“Michigan is a major factor in my recruitment,” said Butler. “I’m looking for not only a team to play football, but to further my education and get my degree in mechanical engineering. The fact that Michigan is out in that area, and I think they do have a program for Engineering—that’s a major factor since they’re not out on the West coast being in the Big Ten.”
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