GBW has been a frequent visitor at Detroit Renaissance High over the past few years to view both football and basketball prospects. Head Football Coach William Hill told us prior to last season that a very promising athlete would be joining his team the next year. That player was Carson Butler (6-5, 235 lbs., 4.6 in the forty). The athletic big man subsequently went on to play on the state championship winning hoop team coached by Mark White. The Lansing Waverly transfer made a name for himself as the physical presence down low that the Phoenix had been missing in years past. After a summer of playing more hardwood he finally moved over to the sport where his real college prospects reside. He has been stellar on the field thus far on Ren's undefeated football team. We caught up with Coach Hill and Carson tonight to talk about the young man's progress and his decision to become a Wolverine. (Be sure to check back to GBW in a couple of days, as we'll have much much more on this very versatile athlete).
Coach William Hill
How did Carson like the game this weekend? Did he commit?
"Sounds like you know he was offered (laughing). He committed tonight. He made it as about official as he could this evening when he called Coach Campbell and told him he wanted to go. He's supposed to speak with Coach Carr tomorrow."
How has he been doing this season?
"He has been playing wide receiver and defensive end. He has been doing great. This is his first real year of football. He didn't play last year because he transferred. He has done a pretty good job. He has had two ballgames where he had over 200 receiving yards."
How about the team?
"We're 7-0. We're going to play for the PSL title next Friday. We play against Southeastern at Ford Field. Mark White and the basketball team were an inspiration last year. I told him he couldn't get all the glory (laughing)."
How has your season been going?
"It has been going real good. I'm the top receiver in the city and I have been told that I have the most yards in the state."
How did your visit to Michigan go this past weekend?
"It went real well. Coach Carr offered me a scholarship after the game."
What position did they offer you at?
"He said as an athlete. Basically wherever I fit in best. They said that they liked me on offense after they saw that I got all of those yards. I'll play receiver or tight end. I like receiver more but it'll probably be tight end."
Carson shakes hands with Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick after Renaissance wins the PSL title.
Did you commit?
"I just verbally committed to Coach Campbell 10 minutes ago. Coach Carr should be calling me tomorrow to make it official."
Did you set a date for your official visit?
"No I haven't. I have to get my ACT."
Do you know any of the current team members or recruits?
"I know no one (laughing). The only person I was familiar with was Kevin Grady, who had already committed. I know him because we have played AAU basketball against each other since the 6th grade."
What other offers did you have?
"Actually Indiana came up to the school today to offer me."
What was it about Michigan that made you pull the trigger?
"The first thing is it's a really good school. With the academics there, even if I don't go on to make it in the NFL, I'll have a chance at getting a good job making a good amount of money. It's really fun there. It's a dominant program with great athletes. It's close to home and my family can make it up to the games."Note: Carson Butler is one of those recruits who U-M wanted to see fall film on. Butler has had some GREAT games this fall ... once U-M saw his film, they got Butler over to the Big House for another game (he'd also attended the Miami game) and offered him. And, as we see, the big man accepted! (see the photos above for HOW big a jumbo athlete he is ... he is 6-5+ and a true 235+)
GBW will have more on Carson in the coming days.