Butler impresses at NU camp

Joliet Catholic (IL) Academy offensive lineman JB Butler left Northwestern's Tuesday camp with a strong feeling about his performance. Butler discusses the experience in this PurpleWildcats.com recruiting update.

Joliet Catholic (IL) left tackle J.B. Butler participated in Northwestern camp on Tuesday, and left pleased with his overall performance.

While visiting the camp was a generally positive experience for Butler, he also felt he succeeded in showing off his talent.

After touring NU athletic facilities, prospects completed several drills. These included 40-yard dashes, agility tests, and position-specific activities. Butler's personal highlight was one-on-one pass blocking and run blocking exercises, which he said he was able to dominate.

Butler attracted the attention of offensive line coach Adam Cushing. The two spoke before and after drills, with Cushing offering positive feedback.

Cushing expressed interest in viewing Butler's junior year tape, and suggested that he attend home games at Ryan Field this season.

"He said I did a phenomenal job and that he was happy with what he saw," Butler said. "He wanted to see me visit in the fall."

Many elements of the Northwestern program appeal to Butler. Although the opportunity to play in his home state is not a significant factor in his recruitment, he pointed to the importance of NU's traditionally strong academics.

"I know that you need to get an education first, before anything," he said.

Butler likes the coaching staff, and the fact that under Fitzgerald, the team has improved consistently in recent seasons.

"They're an up-and-coming program," he said. "They've been getting so much better over the years and they're on the verge of breaking out."

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