Three star Garner (NC) defensive tackle Matthew Butler (6-4, 260) has offers from nearly half of the ACC's schools but NC State is doing everything it can to convince him to stay close to home and run with the Pack.
Butler will most likely be at NC State's first Junior Day of the year in 2016 but even if he isn't there for that it won't be much cause for concern. NC State is a force to be reckoned with in Butler's recruitment because he has visited early and often.
He was at three NC State games this year and that was after working out at one of the program's camps in the summer. In total Butler has visited NC State six times as a recruit.
The most memorable visit was the day he was offered. Butler camped and impressed the coaching staff to such an extent that they decided to go ahead and move him to the offer category on their recruiting list.
"They had already been impressed with my tape but the thing is I played a role my sophomore year where I was more of a run stopper. So they put me in a lot of different pass rush situations against some real talented kids from around the state. That really impressed them and showed them I have some good pass rush moves. That's what they were impressed with. Coach Doeren said he wanted to coach me."
Because he had the offer Butler enjoyed his visits to NC State for games a little bit more. He knew he was one of the recruits they most wanted every time he made one of those visits.
"I talk mostly to Coach Nielsen when I'm there but when I'm up there I really talk to everyone. We talk all the time. Not necessarily just about football but what's going on and what not. Every time I go up there we make it a point to talk. He's met my whole family and we have a pretty good relationship."
Talking to Nielsen is something that Butler always enjoys doing on those visits. The games were exciting because Butler could not help but imagine himself running onto the field and playing in one of the red and white jerseys.
The games were also good trips because he enjoys a Carter-Finley atmosphere.
"I was impressed with the gameday atmosphere and also my role in the scheme. All around NC State's going to be on my list."
But that list might not be made known to the public until June. Early summer is the time when Butler would like to release a list of favorite schools. That might seem like a long way off and in some ways it is. Butler wants to make sure he gets that first list right because unlike some other players he does not plan on a lot of unpredictability once the list cuts begin.
"I think I'll kind of know what schools are probably going to end up offering me by that time and I should have most all of my offers by that time. Past that time I'm not really going to look into a school because I'll already have a relationship with the ones I like by then."