Is Butler in line for a Scholarship?

Nittany Lion preferred walk-on corner back/wide receiver Deon Butler recently returned from Penn State. With the Nittany Lions now having two scholarships available, has Butler heard anything about him being added to scholarship? When will he report to Penn State? How has his summer gone?

This summer two scholarship spots opened up for Penn State when Sto-Rox HS defensive back Adam DiMichelle decided to pursue a baseball career and sophomore wide receiver Josh Hannum transferred to Ursinus to be closer to his ailing father.  Because of those openings,'s Steve Curry checked in with incoming preferred walk-on Deon Butler to see if the freshman-to-be had heard anything about potentially filling the vacated spot.

Deon just returned from Penn State on Wednesday after going up to schedule classes with the freshman class.  While in State College he stopped by the Lasch Building, the football operations building, to take care of some academic issues.

"While I was there I talked to Coach (Larry) Johnson and Coach (Brian) Norwood.  I popped in when I had to go to the football office.  I had to finish off my schedule there because they have to base it on football players' timeframes for the schedule," said Deon, adding he will report to Penn State on August 10th for pre-season practice.

Did either Coach Johnson or Coach Norwood talk about being put on scholarship in the near future?

"I really didn't talk to them much about that.  I just hear that there is one out there and I know they said they're investigating [with the NCAA] when they can get their hands back on that scholarship," explained Butler, who was rumored to have been strongly considered for the final scholarship offer that eventually went to DiMichelle.

Have the Nittany Lions been in contact much this summer?

"Not really.  Just a little 'hi' and 'bye' conversation every now and then.  Today when I got back [to Penn State] was the first time I got the Penn State feel in a while.  It was nice to see all the other incoming freshman, the regular student body and stuff."

With much of the Penn State scholarship freshman contingent already on campus, did Deon run into to any of his future teammates?

"No I didn't get to see any of them.  But I'm real excited to get there and start playing with the kids.  I watched the spring game.  [I'm] real competitive, ready to get there, and basically work my way up to somewhere on the depth and earn some money," said Deon referring to the possibility of a scholarship.

This summer Deon has added some weight, getting himself up to 6'0'', 168 lbs.  He thinks he'll be tried at both corner back and wide receiver, although his future will probably be at corner.

Last week Deon participated in a local all-star played at Darling Stadium just outside of Hampton, Virginia.

"Our team, the West team, beat the East team 34-7.  I played defense and offense in the game.  I had about four tackles on defense.  They didn't throw the ball much my way when I was in.  We were rotating because of the All-Star Game.

"On offense I caught a 4 yard touchdown pass.  That was the only time I got the ball on offense because we ran a hectic, no-huddle five wide offense," laughed Deon.

Blessed with great speed, after two or three years in the program, whether he's put on scholarship or not, Deon should be a solid contributor to the Nittany Lion football program.

(Interview by Steve Curry)

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