Pitt amongst leaders for FL athlete

The Panthers have offered a number of quality prospects from the state of Florida. It appears one of those offers has gone to a incredibly versatile athlete from Cypress Lake High School in Fort Myers, FL. Read on for details.

"I have scholarship offers from Tennessee, Pittsburgh, West Virginia, Central Florida, Iowa State and Indiana," stated athlete Tyson Butler (5-foot-11 inches, 175 pounds) from Cypress Lake High School in Fort Myers, FL.

"I have four favorite teams. Pittsburgh, West Virginia, Tennessee and Central Florida," said Butler. "I plan on visiting all four schools."

Panthers' wide receivers coach Aubrey Hill has been primarily recruiting Butler. He ran for 819 yards on 113 carries and scored 14 touchdowns as a junior. Tyson caught 13 passes for 345 yards and scored 3 touchdowns as well.

"Most schools are recruiting me as a defensive back. Pittsburgh is the only school giving me looks on offense. They think I can play running back or wide receiver."

When asked if he preferred offense or defense on the next level, he quickly replied, "I guess I would say offense. I know what I'm capable of and I think I could make an impact. I don't mind defense but I could see myself as a college wide receiver."

Tyson is capable of running a 4.4 forty-yard dash. He has been a three-year letterman for Cypress Lake High School.

"I'm looking for a school that makes me feel comfortable. I'm not worried about leaving the state of Florida but I like a warmer climate. Coach Hill told me that Pittsburgh has a whole lot of Florida players. I want to spend time with them and see how they like the school and the city of Pittsburgh."

"Playing time is important to me too. Whether it's on defense or offense, I want to play early."

Butler was asked to pinpoint his strengths. He highlighted his abilities on both sides of the ball. "I'm a fast receiver. I know how to get open and I can a 34 inch vertical leap. I believe I could be a deep threat in college. As for defense, I'm a shut down cornerback. I prefer to go against the best receiver they can throw at me."

"I'm excited to visit Pittsburgh and learning more about them."

Harry G. Psaros can be contacted at harrypsaros@msn.com.

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