Incoming Irish: Devin Butler

Cornerback Devin Butler of Washington D.C.'s Gonzaga Prep talks about taking the next step as a college student both on and off the field and touches on what his status is after suffering a hip-flexor injury.

After being committed to the Irish for more than a year, cornerback Devin Butler of Washington D.C.'s Gonzaga Prep is ready to begin his life at Notre Dame.

"I can't wait to get up there with the guys and start a new chapter in my life," Butler said. "I want to grow as a man in college and not just as a football player."

Butler says the most challenging part of the workout packet given to incoming freshmen has been the mental aspect.

"College football is a whole different level," Butler said. "The challenges are a lot different from high school. The mental aspect of working out right now when I don't have someone making me attend practice is the most challenging part. But, you know you can't cheat because your main goal is to be college ready by the end of it."

Butler has been nursing a nagging hip-flexor injury this spring, but says that will be a non-factor come the fall.

"I'm still giving my hip-flexor injury some attention," Butler said. "I'm done with physical therapy though, and I'll be 100 percent by the time I enroll."

The 6-foot-1, 187-pound defensive back says no discussions have been had yet about his status as a freshman this season.

"I've talked briefly with the coaches, but there was no discussion about redshirting or not," Butler said. "That will sort itself out in camp. I'm physical and a fierce competitor. I'm pretty smart on the field and I can play on both sides of the ball, so I have good ball skills as a corner. I consider myself a ball hawk."

Like many of his teammates, Butler says the Michigan game is the one he can't wait for the most.

"I can't wait for the Michigan game," Butler said. "It's going to be the last one for a while. I grew up watching that rivalry and there have been numerous classics. It's going to be something special, especially at night."

Butler was ranked as a three-star prospect and as the No.36 corner in the final Scout rankings for 2013. Top Stories