Butler joins a list of recent strong walk-ons including Graham Bullmore and Cole Johnson. Despite picking up an offer from Northern Illinois, he was sold on NU and its long-term promise. He texted PurpleWildcats.com with the exciting news on Monday night.
"They told me you'd have a chance to earn a scholarship," Butler told PW on Dec. 5. "I'd go in there with a lot of pride. I'd bust my butt every day."
He'll arrive to a fairly depleted offensive line that struggled for the better part of 2013. Perhaps Butler could end up a surprise success story, and at the very least, he earned the spot at his dream school.