Tyson Butler Recruiting Update

The Panthers have offered a number of quality prospects from the state of Florida. One of its more versatile prospects, Tyson Butler, recently visited the University of Pittsburgh. He spoke with the PatherDigest.com about the status of his recruitment.

"It looks like I'm down to three schools right now: Pittsburgh, South Florida and Central Florida," stated versatile athlete Tyson Butler (5-foot-11 inches, 175 pounds) from Cypress Lake High School in Fort Myers, FL.

Butler visited the Panthers December 8th with a host of other talented prospects. He's scheduled to visit Central Florida January 12th and South Florida January 19th.

"I loved my visit to Pitt. Cedric McGee was a great host and I thought they put together a great visit. I want more of a city school and Pitt offers a nice mix of the big city and campus life."

"I send Christmas cards to people every year and I just sent some off to Coach (Aubrey) Hill and Coach (Dave) Wannstedt."

Butler led Cypress Lake High School to a 6-5 record and a berth in the Florida state 4A playoffs this season. He rushed for 1,928 yards and gained nearly 8 yards per carry. Tyson accumulated approximately 2,000 all-purpose yards. He has generally been recruited as an athlete. Butler's capable of playing a number of positions on both sides of the ball. The Panthers are primarily recruiting him as a running back/wide receiver.

"The Panthers facilities were amazing. They share them with the Steelers so I figured they would be nice. I liked going to the top of the Cathedral of Learning as well. That was wild seeing the city from the top of that building."

Pitt, West Virginia, Indiana, Iowa State, Tennessee, South Florida and Central Florida have offered Butler a scholarship. Tyson will be participating in the North-South All-Star game to be held in Lakeland, FL. He's projected to be the starter for the South squad.

"I want to make my final decision some time in January. If I can, I'm going to push my visits up. Pitt was really impressive and I could see myself playing there. I like Coach Hill a lot and I thought that Coach Wannstedt and Coach (David) Walker were impressive."

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

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