Following a weekend visit Butler cornerback Torrel Saffold committed to Coach Willie Taggart and the Bulls, Now find out what type of player they're getting from Butler Defensive Back Coach Jordan Abbott.
"Torrel is one of those kids that when he first came in he was very green, but had limitless potential and still does. Once he found out what his role was and accepted it, he did a great job for us. He's one of those types of kids that are a big time competitor, a great competitor. He pushes himself to the edge. He's well seasoned, has great instincts and is a very smart player. He studies film like a coach does and he's like having another coach out on the field. You only have to tell him to do something once and he gets it done."
During his sophomore season, the 5'11, 180 pound defensive back recorded 14 pass break-ups and 4 interceptions with one returned 38-yard yards for a touchdown, to go with 52 total tackles, 32 solo, and 2.5 tackles for a loss, with 1 fumble recovered. Playing on special teams he had one field goal attempt blocked. As a freshman he recorded 2 INTs, 4 pass break-ups, with 16 tackles.
"He can play the field but he's a true corner and that's what he played for us. He can cover with the best of them but is a good hitter as well. He's very physical, when he locks in and is focused, he'll knock people out. I remember one game against Hutchinson, he was locked up with one of their best receivers and went one on one with him several times and kept knocking him down. He delivered the big blow against their running back and knocked him out of the game against Hutch also."
"I've had him for both the years he's been at Butler and he's been a great player for me, and does a little bit of everything for us. He also did punt block and field goal block and was our main block guy. We always send him off the edge every time we needed a block, and in key situations he would get after it for us."
"His best attributes are paying attention to details, all freshmen need to work on it when they get here, and that's the difference between good players and great players. Once he did that he flourished and he still has a very bright future ahead of him."
"USF is getting somebody that has definitely been in quite a few battles against quality competition and he has been very successful doing so. He's a very physical and competitive corner that is experienced and knows what it takes and how to get it done in a big arena. We're going to miss him a lot here at Butler, and USF is getting a good one."