Butler has Irish interest

Cornerback Josh Butler of West Mesquite (Texas) High has seen his exposure in recruiting skyrocket this past month. He talks about one his suitors, Notre Dame.

Cornerback Josh Butler of West Mesquite (Texas) High was named as one of Scout.com's top eight defensive performers on Saturday at the Dallas Nike Football Training camp.

Butler has seen his offer list reach the teens in the past month, and included among those offers is Notre Dame.

"I really like the way they play defense," Butler said. "They put emphasis on defense and that's important to me. I know Manti Te'o played great defense there."

Butler says he keeps in touch with Irish defensive backs coach Kerry Cooks about once week a week.

"He tells me that Notre Dame would be a great fit for me," Butler said. "I believe it because of their defense and how they play on a big stage and it's always lights, camera, action with Notre Dame. They also graduate almost 100 percent of their players."

Butler is enjoying the recruiting process and he's not named favorites. He has yet to take any visits this spring.

"They're all on an equal playing field right now," Butler said. "No one is beating anyone else. I don't have any visits planned. I'm really not sure when I'm going to take any, either."

The 5-foot-10, 170-pound cornerback plans to take his five official visits and then make a decision.

"I want to play for a good defense with good teamwork," Butler said. "I'll look at academics, too."

Butler was a first-team all-district selection at cornerback as a junior, when he recorded 23 tackles, one fumble recovery, and five pass breakups for West Mesquite. Butler earned Defensive Back MVP honors at the Jan. 2014 Next Level Athlete Showcase in Dallas.

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