Virginia Corner Likes Penn State

Interest continues to grow around Virginia cornerback James Butts, as he picks up his first scholarship offer. Although the Nittany Lions are on his early short list, what level of interest is Penn State showing Butts?

"I'm getting a lot of letters from colleges, but I only have one offer and that is a verbal offer from Boston College," said James Butts. "They should be [sending out the official offer in the mail]."

In addition to the Eagles, Butts is being recruited by Virginia Tech, Notre Dame, Clemson, Maryland, South Carolina, Syracuse, and North Carolina, with limited contact being made by Penn State.

Butts, who could decide as early as this summer, currently claims six schools as his early favorites. Despite the limited PSU communication, Butts still has them among his favorites.

"Top six is Boston College, Notre Dame, Florida, Virginia Tech, Penn State, and Clemson," said Butts. "I like Virginia Tech, because two of our players are at Virginia Tech. The reason for all of them really is because I like their program."

While he has only unofficially visited North Carolina this spring, Butts is planning a fairly hectic summer camping schedule with trips to Boston College, East Carolina, Penn State, and Virginia on his slate.

Butts did, however, make it out to's All-American Combine held in Durham, where he faced some steep competition from an elite group of wide receivers.

"There were some great athletes so it was real competitive," said Butts. "I liked the competition. I did good [at cornerback], but I did better on offense. I felt like I wasn't focused on defense."

During the combine events is where Butts excelled. He clocked times of 6.88 in the L-cone drill, 4.62 in the 40-yard dash and 4.59 in the 20-yard shuttle. The 5-foot-10, 170-pounder also standing broad-jumped 9-feet.

As a junior at Norfolk (Va.) Maury High, Butts picked off six passes.


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