Four-star corner hopes to visit
Notre Dame assistant coach Bob Elliott made a recruiting visit to Etiwanda High School in Southern California earlier this week to check on a pair of top junior prospects.
“I first met coach Elliott during my sophomore year and he came out during the season and this was the second time this month that he’s been out here,” said Butler, a 6-foot, 187-pounder. “It kind of threw me off at first because he started talking about official visits for the future and of course trying to set up an unofficial visit in the spring time for me to see the school.”
Butler hopes to make that trip to the Midwest in March.
Notre Dame’s interest in Butler could intensify in the near future after the Irish have a chance to evaluate his transcript.
“He didn’t say anything about an offer but he said to expect a phone call soon,” Butler said. “We didn’t talk too much about that.”
Arizona State, California, Northwestern Washington and Washington State already have extended scholarship offers. Stanford, LSU, Wisconsin, Arizona, UCLA and USC have joined the Irish in showing interest in Butler.
While coaches are split on where Butler projects in college, it’s pretty clear he’ll wind up in the secondary.
“It’s mixed emotions from some schools,” Butler said. “Some schools want me to come in and play safety, some want me to move around and some want me to play corner. I’m a defensive back. I can play anywhere.”
As a sophomore, Butler recorded seven interceptions. That number dropped to just one pick and 45 tackles as opposing teams shied away from throwing the ball in his direction.
“It was a pretty calm year because of the year I had last year,” he said. “Not many quarterbacks had the courage to throw my way.”
Butler, who has run the 100-meter dash in 10.7 seconds, is working hard to improve his speed. He’s confident his other abilities already have him prepared to succeed at the next level.
“I’m physical on the line and able to jam receivers,” he said. “At the same time I can run with them and play off and bait receivers and jump off. I’m a student of the game and know what’s happening and seeing plays before they even happen.”
Last fall Butler had the chance to visit Cal for the rivalry game against Stanford. That trip kicked off the interest from UCLA and USC.
He plans to visit USC on Saturday and a Midwest swing could happen later this spring.
“I’m chatting with my father to get out there and take a couple visits to see Notre Dame, Northwestern, those kinds of schools out there,” he said.
Butler will attend the Nike Camp in Los Angeles on March 8.