Butler sees Northwestern as a fit

Northwestern has kept its eye on Joliet Catholic (Ill.) lineman JB Butler, maintaining frequent contact along the way. Butler, a rising senior prospect, sees Northwestern as the perfect fit.

J.B. Butler seems like your typical Northwestern recruit. He drew interest from the coaching staff during his freshman year based on strong play. And his academic success is no joke. The 2014 OL prospect boasts a 3.95 GPA at nearby Joliet Catholic Academy.

"To me, it seems like a perfect fit," Butler said.

For NU, the best approach has been honesty. Offensive line coach Adam Cushing frequently contacts Butler. In recent weeks, the discussion centered on the incoming recruits.

NU added four offensive linemen in its 2013 class, but the Wildcats refuse to slow their pursuit of Butler.

Cushing told Butler that he wants to focus on spring practice. Once he assesses the state of his unit, he might determine whether Butler is the right fit. All signs are pointing upward, and Butler values this relationship with Cushing.

"It's a good relationship that I don't have with any other coach," he said.

Butler made an impression at the NU camp this past June. Coach Pat Fitzgerald offered encouragement, and Cushing said he planned on viewing his junior season tape. That went well, and Butler hopes that after spring practice, he might find himself on the offer list.

"They love my film," he said. "I fit their offense very well."

Other schools, though, have been in hot pursuit. While he has heard from major conference schools such as Illinois and Vanderbilt, some of the smaller programs made an intriguing case.

After recording an impressive nine wins this past season, Ball State is making a push. Butler spoke to Daryl Dixon – one of the assistant coaches – and felt their sense of urgency. Butler, meanwhile, is focused on improving his game. He works out six days a week, and is beginning to prepare for his pivotal senior season. NU appears to be one of the leaders in his recruitment, and the addition of Butler might cement the future of their offensive line.

Butler loves the academic reputation, and the on-field performance certainly helps his recruitment. After spring practice, he might be quick to join the football family.

It's your average cliché, but here, it rings true: Butler just seems like the perfect fit.

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