Great UNC Visit for Butler

After spending the weekend in Chapel Hill, Devin Butler had nothing but positive things to say about North Carolina.

"It went great," Butler said. "I saw everything I wanted to see [and] got my questions answered. It was just a great time."

Butler, a 6-foot-1, 170-pound cornerback from Washington (D.C.) Gonzaga, has collected 17 scholarship offers. Baylor, Boston College, Connecticut, Houston, Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, UNC, Northwestern, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin are among the schools that have offered.

Following this past weekend's visit, UNC has firmly planted itself among Butler's favorite schools.

"Michigan, Wisconsin, Nebraska, UNC, UVa, Penn State, Iowa, Northwestern, and Maryland stick out early, but not necessarily in that order," Butler said. "What I like is different with each one. Some it's the history and tradition, while some are really rising programs that are going to be powers and some have the perfect balance of academics along with football."

Improving UNC's chances are Butler's connections with the school. His mother is a UNC graduate. Plus, his close friend and classmate Nate Britt is verbally committed to play basketball for the Tar Heels.

"It doesn't hurt, that's for sure," Butler said. "But, I want to choose a school for me and not for anyone else."

Accompanied by his parents, Butler arrived in Chapel Hill on Friday. That night, Butler spent time with several UNC players.

"I hung out with Keeon Virgile, Shakeel [Rashad], and another early enroller," Butler said. "That was cool. They showed me the hot spots on campus."

On Saturday, Butler received an in-depth tour of all the football facilities and the campus.

"The campus is beautiful and really comes alive," Butler said. "Their facilities are state-of-the-art and have ‘grade A' equipment."

Throughout the visit, Butler met UNC's entire coaching staff. He spent the most time, though, with Dave Duggan, his primary recruiter, Dan Disch, UNC's defensive coordinator, and Larry Fedora.

"They talked about how the program is going to be elite," Butler said. "They have high expectations for the squad this year. And all the guys are really buying into the program."

Prior to his UNC trip, Butler has visited Boston College, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia. He has upcoming trips scheduled for Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, Northwestern, Penn State, and Wisconsin.

Butler aims to have a verbal commitment made before the kickoff of his senior football season.

"After I get to see all my top choices and if I feel comfortable with a place, I would [commit] early," Butler said.

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