DB/WR Discusses Second Official Visit

<b>Deon Butler</b>, a DB/WR from Virginia who took his first official visit to Penn State on January 16, recently returned from his second official visit. How do the visits compare? Have the Nittany Lions kept in contact?

Name: Deon Butler
Position: CB/WR
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 165 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.46
School: C.D. Hylton HS, Woodbridge, VA


Deon took an official visit to Akron this past weekend. How did it go?

"It was real nice," Deon said enthusiastically. "I liked it. The coaching staff has contagious energy."

How did his second official visit compare to his first?

"They were both real nice. They answered all your academic questions and got everything squared away. I'd say the only difference was that the coaching staff at Akron was more involved during the visit. The head coach was walking around with us and going through the snow with us and everything. But, both visits were nice."

Adam DiMichele's recent verbal commitment to Penn State has apparently impacted Butler's chances of receiving a scholarship offer from the Nittany Lions.

"They offered another kid and he committed," Deon said in reference to DiMichele. "So, I think that would take my slot.

"The defensive backs coach (Bradley) made that call. I think that it came down to the wire with us two and he chose the Pennsylvania kid to offer the scholarship to."

PSU coach Larry Johnson visited with Deon at his school last Thursday.

"He said [Bradley] thought he (DiMichele) had enough athleticism that they could turn him into a corner at the college level.

"He was supposed to call me back on Sunday and let me know [what's going on] because they were still looking at me at wide-receiver too. He said there was still hope, but since he didn't call me Sunday, I'm really not sure."

Deon is set to visit William and Mary this weekend.

"I'm actually supposed to get a call from Wake Forest tomorrow to find out the situation with them. They're talking about a mid-week visit or a weekend visit, but they would only ask me to come on a visit if they had a scholarship offer. Tomorrow, I'll know whether they're offering me or not.

"And then there's Cincinnati, but they came in so late. I can't get a visit out to Cincinnati because they have a whole new coaching staff."

Akron, who has offered Butler a scholarship, is probably his current favorite.

"I would probably say so because they're one of only two schools with a scholarship on the table and that's the only one of the two that I visited. I liked it out there. I could tell the coaching staff was really excited to be there and come together. Coach Brookhart seems to have a lot of knowledge about wide-receivers, which is what they're recruiting me for, having coached Larry Fitzgerald and Antonio Bryant at Pittsburgh. He had me in there getting real excited watching films of those two guys."

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