Signing Day Capsule: Carson Butler

<p><strong>Carson Butler</strong> is one of the most physically talented players in Michigan's 2005 recruiting. This versatile athlete could conceivably play a number of positions, but will line up at tight end for the Wolverines. Here is GoblueWolverine's <strong>recruiting capsule</strong> for this sleeper prospect.</p>

Carson Butler
Tight End
Renaissance High School
(Detroit, MI)
NR: ***
Position Rank: 45 Profile link:
(includes links to all GoBlueWolverine Stories on this player)
Carson Butler Profile

His Recruiting Story:
Started his career at Lansing Waverly where he was moved up to varsity as a sophomore and started at fullback and inside linebacker. After his season on the gridiron was over he transferred mid-year to Detroit Renaissance. Because of the state of Michigan's transfer rules, he was required to sit out his entire junior football season. However, he was able to join the Renaissance basketball team where he teamed with All-Americans Joe Crawford and Malik Hairston to lead the Phoenix to the 2004 state title.

Butler was finally able to join the football team for his senior season and his impact was felt immediately. Lining up at wide receiver on offense and end on defense, he pulled in 29 catches for 689 yards and eight touchdowns and had 44 tackles and seven sacks. He helped the Phoenix to a 7-0 regular season record. They followed that up by winning the Detroit Public League Championship by beating Detroit Southeastern in the city playoffs. His high school career ended in the first round of the Division I state playoffs when Renaissance lost to Dearborn Divine Child. Butler still had a great day, hauling in six passes for 196 yards.

Will play tight end at Michigan.

GoBlueWolverine Commentary:
Carson Butler is a big time athlete that is still extremely raw football player. He is classified as a "sleeper" prospect because he didn't have much gridiron experience at the high school level. That said, he could end up being one of the best players in this class when all is said and done. His size/speed ratio reminds many who have observed him in action of former Detroit Central product and current San Diego Charger tight end, Antonio Gates. Butler has very good ball skills and nice hands, but will have to get stronger. He will also need to learn how to block and run better routes. He is a long way from being a difference maker at the college level, but he definitely has that type of potential. A true diamond in the rough for the coaching staff to mold.

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