Beavers looking to make 5-star connection

A FIVE STAR playmaker, the No. 6 rated wide receiver in the nation, and No. 38 overall prospect regardless of position is among those in the Beaver orbit. The 6-3, 189-pounder out of Norcross, Ga., about 20 minutes outside of downtown Atlanta, has narrowed down his considerable choices to a list of 10 schools. Are the Beavs on it? He also has a timetable for his decision, and it's not far away.

Peach State phenom Brice Butler (6-3, 189, 4.45), the son of Atlanta Falcon Bobby Butler who played 12 years in The League, may play the game far removed from the Northwest, but he holds a high opinion of Oregon State receivers coach Lee Hull and the Beaver program. The Beavs are included among his final list of 10.

"Oregon State, they have a great receivers coach in coach Hull. I got to talk with him...for a good 30 minutes to an hour. He's a good coach and he knows what he's talking about as a receivers coach. If I end up playing for him, he'll get me right for the NFL.

"They're a good program, they throw the ball. They throw it and that's what I like, and they've got a good program there," said Butler.

THE BEAVERS WILL, however, face stiff competition for his verbal commitment. Butler's unofficially visited or camped at all the schools in his final ten, except the two furthest out West.

"I was supposed to also visit Oregon and Oregon State but right now that doesn't look possible," he said.

Coaches from LSU, Florida State and USC are also "cool, down to earth people," and high on Butler's list. Notre Dame, Florida State and LSU have been recruiting the hardest of late and then, there's also the local school.

"Georgia, they're a really good program and have a great coach in Mark Richt. It's a nice place, and that's the hometown school for me, basically," said Butler. "FSU, my mom and dad went there, so I grew up with them. I have good communication with the coaches, it's a great atmosphere and all my family are basically fans of Florida State."

BUTLER SAID HE plans to trim his list down to five schools in the next couple of weeks, and a verbal commitment will soon follow.

"I'm (probably) committing in early August. I'm down to 10 and everyone's even," said Butler.

Including Oregon State, his final ten in no particular order are, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Notre Dame, USC, Arizona State, Penn State, Oregon and Florida.

A RECEIVER WITH size and speed, Butler excels in all the requisite areas -- hands, route running, quickness off the line and the ability to cut on a dime and give back nine cents change. also lauds his excellent concentration and body control, noting; 'He is dangerous with the ball in his hands and has the ability to make people miss, shows vision, has a great burst and quickness.'

As a junior, Butler shared the airwaves with fellow Norcross and class of '07 Alabama signee Darius Hanks, but still managed 35 receptions for 680 yards and nine scores.

Butler also shines in the classroom, with a 3.0 core GPA and has scored a 1350 on the SAT.

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