Butler Remains Open

Garner (NC) defensive lineman Matthew Butler remains a major priority for several high-major programs.

Garner (NC) defensive lineman Matthew Butler continues to get bigger and stronger, and he believes that could lead to him playing either line position on the next level.

"Righ now I'm 6-foot-4 and 265 pounds," he said.  "I know my body is getting bigger and I could play either.  This year for my school I'll probably have to go both ways, even play some tight end, and I want to be around 260 for the season.

"Some schools have said I can play either a five-technique or a three... and in some schemes a seven-technique. I don't really have a preference. I'd like to play end because the more you can show out the better, but it doesn't matter to m.  I just want to play and help my team win."

Butler has been one of the prospects who benefited the most from the spring evaluation period.  As coaches came through Garner High School and viewed Butler, the offers poured in.  Miami and Tennessee were a couple of the schools that joined a lengthy list of ooffers for Butler.

"It means a lot to get an offer from Miami," he said.  "I've always looked up to Coach Rcht.  Tennessee produces defensive linemen year-after-year. They have a guy from North Carolina, Shy Tuttle, already... to pick up an offer from them it's good."

Previously Butler had listed a final list of schools, but as the offers picked up he chose to open things back up.

"I actually deleted it off Twitter," he said, laughing.  "It's not valid anymore.  The schools on there I'm still considering, like I know NC State won't be out the running, Quite frankly they aren't. They were the first school to offer, have prioritized me, and I know where I am are on their radar... they are never going to be out of it."


Butler, who lives just a few minutes from NC State's campus, really stressed how strong his relationship is with the Wolfpack coaching staff.

"Coach Nielsen, the defensive line coach, we can talk on a personal level and defensively a football level," said Butler.  "He teaches me and has began to coach me, as have some other coaches. He's started to coach me with my physicality and moves.. trying to build me into being the best player I can be before I get to college.

"He would like me to early enroll but he knows the situation... really all the schools that have offered would like me to early enroll."

What is the situation?

"Well, I'd like to be an early enrollee, but we have an A-B schedule so you have to pretty much go all year."

Projected to play defensive line, Butler has his eye on a particular player on NC State's roster.

"I'm looking at the development of [Darian] Roseboro," he stated.  "He's from North Carolina and has a similar physique to me.  We're similar, so I'm looking at how he's developed."

Butler maintains that he doesn't have a leader or a set timeframe for making a decision.

"I'd like to make an early decision, but at the same time I feel like I've worked too hard not to take some visits.  If I do make an early decision I'd like to talk to my coaches about doing it, but if the aren't cool with it I won't take anymore visits."

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