Butler's Faith Remains Strong

Notre Dame pledge Devin Butler long had faith the Irish program was on its way back. Now with his future squad positioned at No. 3 in the nation and 8-0, we check in with Butler to get the latest on his recent visit to campus and how he's weathered the impact of Hurricane Sandy.

Last spring Gonzaga Prep (Washington, D.C.) defensive back Devin Butler found Notre Dame to have everything he was looking for on and off the field.

While some questioned Butler for picking the Irish, he was confident head coach Brian Kelly and his staff was set to turn things around and has watched with enjoyment so far this fall.

"It's been very exciting as everybody was telling me Notre Dame was irrelevant and would never be ranked again," said Butler. "Now I sit back and look at those people and laugh as I had the faith coach Kelly had the program headed in the right direction."

Looking back, Butler now feels his faith is being rewarded.

"Faith played a role in my decision," said Butler. "However, it didn't weight on my decision heavily as I knew no matter what I was making a good decision on and off the field. So the success on the field helps, but it wouldn't have hurt my decision tremendously."

Recently Butler made a return trip to campus for his first game day experience and was amazed by what he saw.

"It was great just being on campus," said Butler. "Being around the coaching staff and spending time with some of the players after the game was great. It really was the icing on the cake to finally get up there for a game day and experience how crazy the fans are and how much support there is from the community."

Getting his first chance to see the Irish defense up close also left an impression.

"It was great seeing how everybody has confidence to do their job," said Butler. "I feel I'll fit right in with their defense by being aggressive and overall making plays all over the field."

As for his visit, Butler is looking forward to making a return trip very soon.

"I visited for the BYU game," said Butler. "It was an unofficial visit as I plan on taking my official with a lot of the other commits for the banquet.

"I got to talk with (assistant) coach (Kerry) Cooks a little bit and also coach Kelly as well."

One thing Butler has enjoyed is the respect of opposing coaches still interested in recruiting him to their schools.

"Everyone has pretty much stayed away," said Butler. "Everyone knows I've made my decision clear and I'm not having any second thought or anything, so all of the coaches have been very respectful since giving my commitment."

For Butler the past week has given him time to enjoy as he was named to the Chesapeake Bowl but also worry with the East Coast being hit by Hurricane Sandy.

"Right now it's all good," said Butler. "The storm has passed and everything is good over here. Being selected to play in the Chesapeake Bowl is an honor I always had a feeling I would have the opportunity to play in as the guys over there have really kept an eye on me since my sophomore year. So it was cool to get that invite to be with the guys from the region I've played against and will now get a chance to play with."

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