After signing a national letter of intent with Nebraska on Wednesday, Lakewood (Ohio) St. Edwards high school defensive back Tony Butler is just happy it’s all over.
“Everything is finalized,” said Butler. “I’m glad to be in the class and it’s time to earn my stripes…I honestly think I need to work on everything. Getting faster and quicker. Learning to track the ball better. I need to work on my hips,” said Butler. “I know that guys at the next level are going to only be faster, bigger and stronger. I have to be technique sound.”
A 6-foot-1, 195-pound prospect, Butler is versatile enough to play either corner or safety. The signee thinks it will greatly benefit him in the future.
“I feel that versatility will allow me to see the field a little quicker than most,” said Butler. “It’s not a guarantee, but it’s definitely a bonus in my game. I’m really looking forward to everything and getting ready to work.”
Butler reports the signees are all in a group chat over their phones and getting to know each other quite well. He plans to room with Lamar Jackson.
Last year, multiple Nebraska freshman defensive backs contributed in major ways on special teams. Butler wouldn’t shy away if asked.
“If they ask me and it’s a need, I have no problem playing special teams,” said Butler. “It’s about earning your stripes. But I really want to play defense. I’m going to work everything I can and hopefully I can earn my Blackshirt as a freshman.”