Davis, Shoop Visit Butler HS

Butch Davis and John Shoop dropped by Matthews (N.C.) Butler High School last Wednesday to evaluate the schools' large group of Division 1-A talent.

"We have so many guys that they are interested in," said Mike Newsome, Butler head football coach. "We've got three guys that they've offered and we've got six guys that I think are D-1 talent."

According to Newsome, North Carolina has extended scholarship offers to cornerbacks Robert Blanton and Eddie Whitley, and safety Spencer Adams. UNC is also interested in quarterback Jacob Charest, and wide receivers Mickey Brewer and Jarrett Boykin.

Adams, Blanton, and Whitley have been offered by 20-plus schools, while Charest also holds a handful of offers.

Before leaving Matthews, Davis and Shoop observed Butler's spring practice.

"They like the three DBs and they really like what they saw when they watched them," said Newsome. "And then they really thought Jacob Charest threw real well. They were really hoping to see two of our receivers, but one was playing baseball [and] one was at tutoring."

Newsome says UNC is in good shape with all of Butler's players.

"I've tried to tell our kids to remain open this whole spring and really keep everybody in mind and give everybody an opportunity to recruit them," said Newsome. "And then after the spring, we'd narrow down their lists and decide which camps to go to.

"With North Carolina with Ryan [Houston] going there and with them being such good friends with Ryan Houston and then with Mike Ingersol already there, I think that kind of gives North Carolina maybe a leg up on recruiting those guys."

Early speculation has suggested that Blanton is destined to head to an out-of-state school, though his coach says that's not necessarily the case.

"Robert and I have talked about it and whether it's in-state or out-of-state that's going to be up to him and his family," said Newsome. "But, he's really excited about the in-state schools."

With the Evaluation Period complete, Newsome will sit down with each one of his players and map out a summer camp schedule.

Newsome and a couple of his Butler assistant coaches work Michigan's summer camp. Unsurprisingly, Newsome expects a good amount of his players to attend the Wolverines' camp, but said he isn't sure which ones.

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