Irish Commit Butler Learns Lessons at NFTC

WESTMINSTER, Md. -- Gonzaga High (Washington, D.C.) cornerback Devin Bulter was one of the known names at the Nike Football Training Camp at McDaniel College, and he left with plenty of learned lessons and motivation.

WESTMINSTER, Md. – Devin Butler got loads out of the Nike Football Training Camp at McDaniel College, including motivation.

The Gonzaga High (Washington, D.C.) cornerback and Notre Dame pledge was hoping to earn an invitation to Nike's The Opening camp/combine in Oregon in July, but one was not extended.

"I guess I didn't do as well as I could have done," the 6-foot-1, 180-pound Butler said. "I really wanted to (get the invitation). It drives me. It definitely drives me. I feel as though I could be there and I should be there.

"Now, it's just back to the drawing board, hitting the jump rope and hitting the (rope) ladders some more."

Butler wasn't being braggadocios in saying he thinks he belongs in The Opening, but rather showing confidence in his ability.

However, even without the invitation, Butler took plenty out of the NFTC experience.

"I really enjoyed myself out there," he said. "It was great. I got to compete. I got a lot better. I feel like the receivers really pushed you. There were definitely no slouches out there by any means. I felt that being out there and competing continually, rep after rep, was just great.

"It's just that pride you get from being around other defensive backs getting offers and committed to great players …I want to show him that I'm not just some stars and I'm a real player."

Butler also got a taste of what it will be like to play for the Irish.

As a Notre Dame commit, many of the receivers at the camp where eagerly awaiting a match with Butler, with several of the receivers calling him out by name for a showdown.

"You have that target on your back and everyone wants to get out there and make a name off of you," Butler said. "You have to play your game and make your name off of them."

And while Butler didn't spend much time recruiting other players to Notre Dame, he is glad the recruiting process is over and he found a school and a coach, in this case Irish assistant Scott Booker, with whom he gets along with so well.

"He was really someone I hit it off with and our relationship has just blossomed," he said. "He's someone that I really connected with on a personal level. He's someone I'm comfortable with just picking up the phone and calling him about girl problems, school, anything." Top Stories