Butler on Boilers' recruiting radar

Joliet Catholic (Ill.) lineman JB Butler finds himself now on the Boilermakers' recruiting radar. Boiler Sports Report updates the latest on one of Purdue's offensive line prospects.

For Joliet Catholic (Ill.) lineman J.B. Butler, Purdue's coaching change brought in a new opportunity.

Butler, a 6-foot-2, 260-pound guard, entered the Boilermakers' recruiting board when Darrell Hazell's new coaching staff took charge in West Lafayette. Purdue recruiting coordinator Jafar Williams first reached out to him, and the two have maintained steady contact since then.

"Were just building and growing a relationship and getting to know each other better," Butler explained.

Butler's interest in Purdue picked up when he attended a junior day in February. He toured campus, the football facilities, met with the new coaching staff, and saw the basketball Boilermakers beat Northwestern on the hard court.

"It was good, I liked it a lot," Butler said of the experience. "I got a tour of everything and I liked the school. Then I saw the facilities and they were awesome. I met with the new staff and Coach Hazell. I have nothing but good things to say."

Butler's first impressions of Purdue's new coaching staff are exceedingly positive. In talking with other recruits on the visit, that feeling was overwhelmingly strong.

"The coaching staff, they're all on the same page," Butler said. "They know where they're going and they have a plan. The school speaks for itself: academics, a history of good football, a great coaching staff."

Butler has received interest from Purdue, Illinois, Northwestern, Vanderbilt and several others.

While Butler continues to receive interest from the Boilermakers, he must prove worthy of a scholarship offer. He hopes to do so this summer at a Purdue camp.

"I'm not the big-time recruit like everybody else, so I have to go in and earned it," he said. "I understand that and I'm excited."

As a high-school junior, Butler was part of a Joliet Catholic team which reached the Illinois State semifinals, but fell in a shootout to eventual champion Montini.

Chris Emma has covered recruiting, college athletics and professional baseball for FOX Sports Next since 2009. Emma covered the Nebraska Cornhuskers and Northwestern Wildcats, and currently covers the Purdue Boilermakers. A Chicago native, he resides in West Lafayette.
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