Butler to See Opening

Gonzaga High (Washington, D.D.) cornerback Devin Butler stepped away from track this spring to gain valuable experience on the camp circuit. While he left the Nike Football Training Camp disappointed by not punching his ticket to Nike's, The Opening, Butler learned things can change very fast.

Devin Butler was all set to take his skills to Texas this summer and compete in the U-19 games representing his country. But those plans changed this week as Butler received word he'll be making the trip to Oregon to compete in Nike's, The Opening, a camp/combine in July.

"It's going to be great," said Butler. "It's a once in a lifetime opportunity and I just feel blessed to have it. Words cannot explain how excited I was when I came home and checked the voicemail and heard the voice on the other end with the great news."

While excited about his chance to compete next to other top prospects, Butler also had to give something up.

"The World Championships and The Opening overlap," said Butler. "So I'll be doing The Opening instead of the U-19 Games now. It's unfortunate they had to overlap and I knew going into the Nike Training Camp it could happen. But I just thought I would cross that bridge when I got there. I knew I wanted to be at The Opening."

Along with making the trek to Oregon, Butler is also looking to make a return trip to Notre Dame in the next few weeks.

"There is a possibility I'm coming up on June 14-16," said Butler. "I know a lot of the guys are coming up there and there are some guys from my area talking about coming up there. So it's more of a money thing I need to work out right now."

A constant theme among the players who have already issued their pledges to the Irish is their camaraderie

"Everybody is close and we all talk," said Butler. "I would say I'm closest to James Onwualu and Malik Zaire, but I talk with everyone."

After having a few days to digest his recent Nike Camp performance, Butler feels better about his showing.

"I felt coming away from it I did pretty good," said Butler. "I went out there and really showed out and competed well against some of the top competition. This is my first spring that I've really got out there and hit the camp circuit because I've been running track.

"But this year I stepped away from track and wanted to go out and get my face out there and let people see it's not just a bunch of hype having all these offers."

Not competing in track this spring was something Butler still finds difficult.

"It was difficult, very difficult," said Butler. "My teammates won back-to-back league titles so it was really hard to back away from it. This year was going to be a very pivotal year for me as there were some things that occurred last year in the hurdles. This year probably would have been my year to win it. It was really hard not to do it, but it had to be done."

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